Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
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Money and the Odrysian Rulers: paying the patrios phoros

Sep 13, 2022, 3:20 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Auditorium Maximum - Hall A


Selene Psoma (National and Capodistrian University of Athens)


The electrum stater of Cyzicus was the most significant currency in the Propontis and the Black Sea region from the mid-5th c. BC to the reign of Alexander III, as revealed by literary sources, epigraphic evidence, hoards and occasional finds. These coins were minted in large numbers and several types referring not only to Cyzicus. In a recently published article, I proposed to explain this currency in relation to the needs of others, Greek cities and local satraps, using combined evidence from literary sources and coins related to other coinages of the area. The aim of my paper is to propose an explanation for this phenomenon in relation to the Odrysian rulers and the Greek cities of Thrace, and associate these coins with the payment, inter alia, of the so-called patrios phoros, mentioned in Thucydides and epigraphic evidence.

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Selene Psoma (National and Capodistrian University of Athens)

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