Friday, March 24, 2023

The Attalids of Pergamon and Anatolia: Money, Culture, and State Power

Author: Noah Kaye, Michigan State University
The Attalids of Pergamon and Anatolia
  • Date Published: February 2023
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009279574
About the Authors

Historians have long wondered at the improbable rise of the Attalids of Pergamon after 188 BCE. The Roman-brokered Settlement of Apameia offered a new map – a brittle framework for sovereignty in Anatolia and the eastern Aegean. What allowed the Attalids to make this map a reality? This uniquely comprehensive study of the political economy of the kingdom rethinks the impact of Attalid imperialism on the Greek polis and the multicultural character of the dynasty's notorious propaganda. By synthesizing new findings in epigraphy, archaeology, and numismatics, it shows the kingdom for the first time from the inside. The Pergamene way of ruling was a distinctively non-coercive and efficient means of taxing and winning loyalty. Royal tax collectors collaborated with city and village officials on budgets and minting, while the kings utterly transformed the civic space of the gymnasium. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

  • Provides a complete overview of how the Attalid empire functioned, from its fiscal system to its cultural propaganda – highlighting precisely how the two interacted
  • Unveils the Attalids as proudly Anatolian kings, offering a new perspective on the limits of Hellenism in the East and therefore a new take on the definition of the Classical world and the multiculturalism of the Hellenistic world
  • Synthesizes new evidence from epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, art history, and classical philology





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