Quote of the Day: Gods, Money and Ships

April 27, 2010

In the fourth century as in the fifth, a city could not run a serious navy without taking a coldly instrumental attitude towards the assets of its gods.

– John K. Davies “Temples, Credit, and the Circulation of Money.” In A. Meadows and K. Shipton, eds., Money and its Uses in the Ancient Greek World (2001) 126.


Quote of the Day: Loans

April 22, 2010

The pleasures of lending as well as the hardships of reimbursing were so much part of the Babylonian way of thinking that we find them very adequately expressed in a popular saying of these times: nadānu kima rǎmi, hubullu turru kima alādi māru or ‘Giving a loan is like making love, returning a loan is like giving birth to a child’

– Katrien De Graef (2008) “Giving a Loan is Like Making Love…” In Koenraad Verboven, Katelijn Vandorpe and Véronique Chankowski, eds., Pistoi dia tèn technèn: Bankers, Loans and Archives in the Ancient World: Studies in Honour of Raymond Bogaert: 15.