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Standards

Episode 3 of 5

Exploring how in 2,250 BC Cappadocia became the first state to guarantee the weight and purity of its silver ingots, creating the idea of international and cross-boundary standards.

"Money. You don't know where it's been,
But you put it where your mouth is.
And it talks." (Money, by Dana Gioia)

The history of money stretches back some 11,000 years. There have been certain key moments in its development and each essay tells their story and the resonance that these revolutionary blips have had ever since.

2. Standards - Once the idea that things without use had value there had to be some sort of agreement about them. And so in 2,250 BC Cappadocia became the first state to guarantee the weight and purity of its silver ingots and the idea of inter-national and cross boundary standards came into being. Professor Paul Cartledge tracks their evolution and considers their leagcy.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

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Thu 2 Aug 2012 22:45

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