CRITIC'S CORNER: ANCIENT COIN REFERENCE REVIEWS
Robert Wilson Hoge, Curator of the numismatic collection of
the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs
"I always look forward to seeing the latest issue of The
E-sylum when I come to work in the ANA Museum each
Monday morning. I just wanted to mention this and say that I
think Dennis Kroh's reference work on ancient coins is a very
good choice for reviewing from a bibliophile's point of view. It
is certainly a most useful tool, and I routinely use it and cite it
for my students in the ANA Summer Seminar course on
coinages of the ancient world."
Henry Bergos writes:
"The layout is simple and straight forward.
This keeps the price down and makes the book easy to use.
After Seaby's four volume set this is the most important book
on Roman coins. With this book we have the tool build a
library. Prior to his book, which I have used extensively, I
used my own resources. I agree with ALL his recommendations
and all his conclusions. When I (try to) teach numismatics this
book tops the list of needs."
Allan Davisson writes:
"Ancient Coin Reference Reviews is one
of the few major references that sit right beside my desk. Dennis
Kroh's book is the best (only?) reference there is to cover and
evaluate ancient references in one volume. Dennis's enthusiasm is
only part of this publication's strength. He also solicited the help
of Basil Demetriadi who has the finest privately owned (if not the
finest PERIOD) library on ancient Greek coins in existence. Basil
also has a full-time librarian for his library. This is an exceptional
book that sold for a very small sum ($25 as I recall). Everyone
should have it. We need a second edition that takes into account
new publications and addresses current availability."
Here are your editor's thoughts: While I agree that the content of
the book is very useful, the layout and indexing make it very hard
to use for reference. Suppose I want to look up the review on a
book by Kraay. The index lists 13 page references, with no
indication of which page holds which title. The only way to find
a specific listing is to read all thirteen pages in hopes of locating it.
The book's contents were originally published in serial form in
The Celator. Each chapter holds up well on its own, but the
book's value as a reference would have been greatly increased
with the addition of an improved layout, numbering system, and
Wayne Homren, Editor
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