S1, Ep. 8. Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria
The eighth episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Simon Glenn of the Ashmolean Museum. We discuss Glenn’s new book published by the American Numismatic Society, Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40), learning where Bactria was located, who lived there (and when), the history of Hellenistic coins minted in the region and how they changed over time, why we know so little about ancient Bactria and its people, and how the pandemic and modern warfare have largely prevented additional archaeological excavation to answer these questions.
Purchase a copy of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria.
Follow these links for examples of the coins mentioned in this episode:
Eucratides 20 stater
Agathocles uncertain denomination
Total Time: 55 minutes
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