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Stater
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(στατήρ/statḗr).

[German version]

I. Weight

In contrast to other Greek units of weight, the stater lacked an exactly defined norm. Instead, the term stater referred to the most common weight pieces at hand. In Athens, inscriptions on a few exemplars show that the stater was a two mina piece adorned by an astragal (Ornaments) with a relief. The Attic stater could be doubled or subdivided into fractions - attested are thirds, sixths and twelfths, but also fourths, eighths and sixteenths. Peculiar is that the mina [1] was not understood to be half a st…

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Hitzl, Konrad (Tübingen) and Klose, Dietrich (Munich), “Stater”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1121160>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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