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  • Alastair Millar
    Melvyn - Thanks for yours... Yes, platno meaning piece of cloth/fabric perhaps being related to platidlo or medium of exchange . The medieval pieces
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 19 2:03 AM
      Melvyn -

      Thanks for yours...

      Yes, 'platno' meaning 'piece of cloth/fabric' perhaps being related to
      'platidlo' or 'medium of exchange'. The medieval pieces were apparently used
      for nothing else - and from the archaeology seem to have been high quality,
      finely woven items that were presumably created especially for the function
      of payment. Interestingly, metal coins were used at the time for trade with
      foreign merchants - 1 silver denarius was worth a stable 10 woven 'satecky'
      through the 9th and 10th centuries.


      I will have a look at this this evening - again, thanks.

      The article that I am translating talks a great deal about Ibrahim ibn
      Ya'qub, who is the first written source to mention these pieces of cloth.
      Anyone know of an English translation of his writings? (I know these have
      survived only fragmentarily, but I assume that they have been brought
      together somewhere). I ask because the translator must already have worked
      around this problem, and I'd like to know

      Didn't the Chinese have something similar at one time?

      Ibrahim was born to a Jewish family in Tortosa in Andalusia - I have a fifty
      line biography of him in this catalogue, so if anyone wants a copy
      (off-list!!) let me know. (Current format Word97, convertible to anything

      Re coins:
      Archaeological witness to this interest is offered by the numerous Baltic
      finds of silver coins in circulation from the mints of the Caliphates and
      the Sassanids; until the beginning of the 9th century the products of
      western Islamic mints dominated, and were then gradually eased out by the
      Asian mints of the Abbasids. The second half of the tenth century is then
      characterised by coins of the Central Asian Samanids, and the period around
      the year 1000 by a flood of Buwayhid (Buyid) and Ziyarid coins.

      Some names for the glossary:
      Samanids = samanove
      Sassanids = sasanove
      Buwayhids (a.k.a. Buyids) = bujove
      Ziyarids = zijarove

      I'll keep digging - if I find a good translation, I'll let you know.

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