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Trade in the Ancient World
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Trade in the Ancient World

Trade has been going on for as long as humans have needed or wanted something that others had and they did not. Bartering for goods and trade in kind developed into more sophisticated forms of exchanges using commonly agreed commodity currencies...
Precious Materials in Antiquity
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Precious Materials in Antiquity

Certain materials have always been precious such as gold for its lustre, incorruptibility, and ease to work but some ancient cultures often gave a very high value to more unusual materials. The Romans loved Tyrian purple dye, the Incas prized...
The Making of a Roman Silver Cup
Video by Getty Museum

The Making of a Roman Silver Cup

Ancient Roman silversmiths developed their craft to the highest levels of refinement and beauty. Applying fire and basic tools to the shaping of precious metals, many of their sophisticated techniques are still used today. This video illustrates...
Alain Bresson | Coinage: The Greek Way of Handling Money
Video by The Oriental Institute

Alain Bresson | Coinage: The Greek Way of Handling Money

Money Matters: The Development of Money through the Ancient World. A four-part series that traces the development of economic systems in the ancient world and explore how money as a financial instrument has evolved over the millennia...
Roman Mercury Statue from the Berthouville Treasure, 360° View
Video by Getty Museum

Roman Mercury Statue from the Berthouville Treasure, 360° View

Examine this ancient Roman sculpture of Mercury in-the-round as it rotates in this short video. On view at the Getty Villa from November 19, 2014 to August 17, 2015 in the exhibition "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville"...
Ancient Greek Silver coins
Image by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Silver coins

Top row (L to R): - Silver drachm from Corcyra (Corfu), 229-48 BCE. O: Head of Dione. R: Pegasus. - Silver didrachm from Rhodes, Caria, 304-166 BCE. O: Head of Helios. R: Rose. - Silver stater from Calymna, Caria, 600-550 BCE. O: Male...
Silver Ladle, Hoxne Hoard
Image by Fae

Silver Ladle, Hoxne Hoard

A gilded silver ladle from the Hoxne Hoard. Discovered in Suffolk, in the east of England in 1992 CE, the incredible collection contains 14,865 late-4th and early-5th century CE Roman gold, silver and bronze coins, and 200 items of silver...
Silver Ingots from Syria
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Silver Ingots from Syria

A wide-spread silver trade existed in the Mediterranean before coins were introduced. Silver coins continued to follow these routes, and mixed hoards of ingots and coins were buried across the Near East and Egypt between 550 to 475 BCE. These...
Minerva Silver Cup
Image by Carole Raddato

Minerva Silver Cup

The so-called Minerva Bowl, a silver cup from the Hildesheim Treasure (Germany), the largest collection of Roman silver found outside the imperial frontiers, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE (Augustan period). (Altes Museum, Berlin)
Poseidon, Silver Tetradrachm of Macedon
Image by Mark Cartwright

Poseidon, Silver Tetradrachm of Macedon

Silver tetradrachm from Macedon, 306-283 BCE. O: Nike, R: Poseidon. (Alpha Bank Numismatics Museum, Kerkyra, Corfu)