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BOOK REVIEW: ANCIENT GREEK NUMISMATICS: A GUIDE TO READING AND RESEARCH
It's not a new book (it was published in 2001), but it's worth mentioning here for E-Sylum readers who may not be familiar with it. This week Ed Snible mentioned it in his blog, A Gift For Polydektes. -EditorANCIENT GREEK NUMISMATICS: A GUIDE TO READING AND RESEARCH - A Bibliography of Works Written in English with Summaries of Their Contents By William E. Daehn. Cold Spring: Davissons Ltd., 2001. 401 pages.
From the author's web page:
This is an up-to-date and comprehensive bibliography for the field of ancient Greek coinage. Over 4000 books and articles in English, published between 1686-2000, are listed. In addition to a full bibliographic citation, nearly every item includes a summary of the contents or conclusions of the work. Extensively cross-referenced. Fully indexed.
The page quotes Basil Demetriadi:
"There are no shortcuts to knowledge. But this book happens to be the next best thing as far as Greek coins are concerned: a shortcut to Information."
"...as near complete as humanly possible. One cannot help admiring and respecting the author for his meticulousness and dedication."
"For the collector who is ready to respond to the mental challenge of advancing from Roman coin collecting to the mind blowing world of Greek coinages, this treasure house of information will become the guiding light in a new and infinitely more fascinating realm."
Athens-based Basil Demetriadi is the ultimate bibliophile of Greek numismatics, so this is high praise indeed. In his blog Ed Snible writes:
This book offers summaries of most English-language articles and books on Greek coins. I recommend it to anyone who wants to research Greek coins or who buys numismatic books sight-unseen and needs to know which ones are appropriate for a particular collecting focus.
Although easy to use this book can be frustrating to operate at home because it points out tantalizing sources that are expensive or unobtainable.
Ed notes that a recent flyer from Harlan J. Berk offered copies for $29.To read Ed's complete blog entry, see: Ancient Greek Numismatics: A Guide to Reading and Research on sale at HJB (http://digitalhn.blogspot.com/2008/10/
For more information on the author's web page, see: My Book (http://home.comcast.net/~wdaehn/page3.html)
For the Harlan Berk web site, see: www.harlanjberk.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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