The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights & Monetary Systems - Two Studies in Western Eurasian Metrology & Numismatics in Seventh to Eleventh (Hardback)Omeljan Pritsak (author)
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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
As the title indicates, this book explores two distinct but related topics: the various monetary-weight systems that developed in European Russia during the Viking Age and the Rus' coinage of the Kievan era...These two essays constitute an important contribution to our knowledge of Rus' metrology and numismatics. While particular interpretations can be disputed, Pritsak's essays are marked by extraordinary erudition, a number of inspired insights, a western Eurasian view that transcends the narrow confines of the Rus' lands, and the collection in one place of invaluable metrological data on diverse monetary-weight systems. Although we may not always agree with Pritsak, we are indebted to him for these essays which, hopefully, may stimulate further research on the monetary systems of European Russia in the Viking Age.--Thomas S. Noonan "Russian Review "