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P.Berlin 13593: Nouvelle interprétation

  • Gilles Gorre


The form of the detailed prenuptial agreement P.Berlin 13593, dated 12 October 198 BC, contains additions of deben of silver and deben of bronze. Such an accounting practice cannot be understood if we accept the hypothesis that after 210 BC a bronze drachma was established as a unit of account independent of the silver drachma. This document requires us to identify the nature of deben (= 5 staters = 20 drachmas), and to explain the rise in prices of some of the possessions otherwise than by a metallic change of monetary standard.

Published Online: 2010-07-06
Published in Print: 2010-August
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