View Full Version : Any cretive thoughts about what AE issues might have been used in commerce in Derbe
Oct 1, 2008, 07:03 PM
The question is what AEs would likely have circulated in Derbe in the mid 1st century AD, since the first provincials were not issued until the 2nd century AD. I'd welcome your thots. Would the Antiochus IV Lycaonian issues likely still be in use, especially since Derbe was barely a backwater Roman town, more influenced by Anatolian culture than Rome?
Oct 3, 2008, 06:51 PM
Although Derbe has never been excavated, it seems to have been much more than a Roman "backwater" in the mid-1st century. I found this bit online in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia which may suggest some useful leads:
But between 37 and 41 AD Laranda was transferred to the "protected" kingdom of Antiochus, and Derbe became the frontier city. It was the last city on distinctively Roman territory, on the road leading from Southern Galatia to the East; it was here that commerce entering the province had to pay the customs dues. Strabo records this fact when he calls Derbe a limen or "customs station." It owed its importance (and consequently its visit from Paul on his first journey) to this fact, and to its position on a great Roman road leading from Antioch, the capital of Southern Galatia, to Iconium, Laranda, Heracleia-Cybistra, and the Cilician Gates.
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