UNCHAINED HEART (03-04)
CRADLE OF HOPE (05-06)
THE PATH NOT TAKEN (07-08)
THE BLACK WOLF (12-13)
ATHENS CITY ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING BARDS (14)
A FISTFUL OF DINARS (15-16)
THE ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (19-20)
THE PRODIGAL (21-22)
REMEMBER NOTHING (23-24)
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (25-26)
TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (27-28)
A SOLSTICE CAROL (29-33)
THE QUEST (36-37)
A NECESSARY EVIL (38-39)
BLIND FAITH (40-42)
Acknowledgments< br> Reference Table
Money props from the storage vaults of Pacific Renaissance.
Introduction What is a dinar between friends? What is a dinar between enemies? What is a dinar? It is an "ancient" currency used in Roman times which has been inappropriately purloined by the creators of Xena: Warrior Princess. Lest ye be too put out, it is okay -- those XWP guys are into anachronisms, and the use of dinars in "ancient Greece" is a bona fide anachronism.
 In the first two seasons [including the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode UNCHAINED HEART (H12/112)], 17 episodes mentioned or referred to the word dinar. What follows is a passionless and cold, clinical review of how each episode used the term.
 The character of Xena, the Warrior Princess, was introduced in the HTLJ episode THE WARRIOR PRINCESS (H09/109) [first release 03/13/95]. Subsequent to that episode, two more episodes featured Xena, THE GAUNTLET (H12/112) [first release 05/01/95] and UNCHAINED HEART (H13/113) [first released 05/08/95]. The first mention of dinars in a Xena moment occurred in UNCHAINED HEART.
UNCHAINED HEART In this instance, the reference gives a rough clue as to value of the coinage. A warrior makes a passing comment that some loot, a bracelet, would be worth a few dinars. The implication is that the bracelet is neither cheap nor precious; it is just an ordinary bracelet that will be worth a few dinars.
WARRIORS Tear down that house! Look at this bracelet. That'll be worth a few dinars. XENA (observing the warriors) Vultures. WARRIOR Nothing under here! [Xena attacks Warriors]
 The next appearance of the elusive dinar is in CRADLE OF HOPE (04/104) [first released 09/25/95].
CRADLE OF HOPE
The first baby-tossing episode.
 We find that some milk and port go for 6 dinars at an inn. The question is, how is it divided? Are they 3 for each, or is one more valuable than the other?
INN-KEEPER (to Xena) Wait a minute, wait a minute. You'll have to check your weapons. XENA We just want some milk and some port. INN-KEEPER Weapons first, then milk. XENA (to Pandora and Gabrielle) Go ahead and sit down. GABRIELLE (looking at baby) He's cute, isn't he? PANDORA (agreeing) Mmm--Hmm. GABRIELLE I'd like to say he has my nose. Huh! What can I say? He does. INN-KEEPER (aside to other person in the inn) Get Nemos. PANDORA (to Gabrielle) Um, can you hold him? GABRIELLE Yes. INN-KEEPER (to his confidante) And hurry. GABRIELLE (pondering a name for the baby) Gabriel. XENA (to inn-keeper) We're looking for the mother of this baby. INN-KEEPER I'm an innkeeper, that's all I know. That'll be six dinars. PANDORA Okay. Oh, yes, hello. XENA (to the inn-keeper) Something about our baby bothering you? INN-KEEPER No, no, I got work to do. NEMOS (entering inn) Keep moving. By the order of King Gregor, that child is under arrest.
 Our next dinar adventure happened a week later!!! The characters even refer to the previous week's episode... amazing! The episode was THE PATH NOT TAKEN (05/105) [first released 10/02/97], and Marcus gets to hear "the word" after ordering a beverage.
THE PATH NOT TAKEN A drink at a tavern costs two dinars. Either he was not having port or milk is mighty expensive in Ancient "Xena-land" (duh, it's probably because they would have to have a cow or goat nearby, but port and other high-octane beverages carry their own preservatives)!
MARCUS Give me one. INN-KEEPER There you go. Two dinars. 1ST MAN You heard the latest news on Xena? MARCUS No, but I'll bet you're gonna tell me. 1ST MAN I talked to a trader who came from Lerna. He said she was there. MARCUS She told me. She ransomed a baby back to King Gregor, and made a bundle. 1ST MAN What? Ransomed to the King? No, no, Marcus, she rescued the baby. She didn't kidnap it. MARCUS No. You got it wrong. 1ST MAN Yeah, I'm sure you wanna believe that. MARCUS Is that supposed to mean something? 1ST MAN She's got you fooled, Marcus. She's running something right now, and you're falling for it like a good, little lovesick puppet. This guy worked for Nemos, the king's advisor. She killed Nemos because he wanted to grab the kid and blackmail the king. I swear it! I swear it! (shakes his head) Where's the profit? I just don't get it.
 The next earthshattering reference to dinars is found in PROMETHEUS (08/108) [first aired 11/06/95], where there are two references (oh joy, oh rapture).
Falafel makes his XENA debut.
 Five dinars for a Mt. Olympus curio masquerading as Mt. Helikon! But wait... five dinars can get you more!
FALAFEL Ah! Headed for Vulcan Mountain, are we? Come in come in, you'll want a memento of your visit. GABRIELLE Well, we're kind of in a hurry, but-- FALAFEL I have just what you're looking for. This work of art was sculpted by one of Athens' finest craftsmen, and we're talking only five dinars. GABRIELLE This looks like Mount Olympus. FALAFEL It's a remarkable resemblance between the two peaks. GABRIELLE Not really. FALAFEL Oh, sure there is. Not from this angle, of course. You have to look at it from the other side. No, this is no good for a smart girl like you, anyway. How about a nice box of lava rocks, hmm? XENA How far is the cave of Hephaestus? FALAFEL You don't want to go there. It's a dangerous place. I sell you a replica. Save you the trouble. This is so lifelike, it gives ME the chills. XENA How far is it? FALAFEL You know, I have a very attractive map of the area, suitable for framing. XENA I'm not going to ask you again. FALAFEL Not far at all; it's on the north side of the mountain; you, you just bear to the right. XENA (to Gabrielle) Wait here. FALAFEL (to Gabrielle after Xena leaves) Would you be interested in a scroll signed by the great god Hephaestus, himself, hmm?
 A piece of Aphrodite's shell is five dinars as well. However, Falafel could just be operating an "Everything for Five Dinars" store.
GABRIELLE This one actually says 'Mt. Olympus' on the bottom. FALAFEL Oh, you're right. I've obviously been ripped off. D*mned, unscrupulous artisans. Look at this-- a piece of the shell Aphrodite came ashore on. IOLAUS (entering) Hello. FALAFEL Hello. You're the one interested in the Aphrodite shell, right? Better snap it up quick before he gets it-- five dinars. IOLAUS I'm afraid you have me confused with someone else. I wanna know if you've seen a friend of mine. He's-- uh-- tall, broad shoulders, big arms, very handsome-- FALAFEL Hercules-- I haven't seen him, but I have the cradle he was nursed in. GABRIELLE (to Iolaus) Why are you looking for Hercules?
 By the time we get to BLACK WOLF (11/111) [first released 01/08/96], we start getting into the big leagues of "dinar-ology".
Salmoneus extolls the virtues of his 'Wolf Pack'
 Although Xerxes, at first, acts put out by the amount, in the end he agrees. Perhaps 10,000 dinars is the usual asking price for a hyper-competent mercenary?
KOULOS These rebels are incredibly disciplined. The usual techniques don't work. XERXES The feast of Zeus is five days from now. I want the execution of the Black Wolf to be the main entertainment. Or I could execute my minister of security. And that -- would be you! KOULOS I'll find him. A true leader can't hide his identity forever. Or -- we could just pick one, and say it's the Black Wolf. Who'd know? XENA (entering) The Black Wolf would know. KOULOS Guards! XENA Oh, don't bother the dears. They're sleeping. If you kill the wrong man, word will get out -- and the Black Wolf will have a martyr to hold up in front of the people. KOULOS Then we'll kill them all. XENA Good idea-- make martyrs of them all. No, Xerxes, you're right. It's the Black Wolf you want. Cut off the head of the serpent, and the body withers and dies. XERXES Who are you? What is your interest in all this? XENA My name is Xena. I'm a problem- solver. I can solve your problem for 10,000 dinars. KOULOS This is outrageous. I refuse to listen to this. XENA Stage my arrest in the center of town-- in front of Black Wolf sympathizers. Once I'm inside your prison, I'll expose the Black Wolf, and hand him over to you. KOULOS Why should we believe you could succeed? XENA Ask Mezentius and Trakus about me. XERXES Mezentius is dead. XENA Yes, he is. 10,000 dinars and a new pair of boots. XERXES But fail, and you will join them on the block-- that's my offer. Take it, or leave it. XENA I'll take it.
ATHENS CITY ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING BARDS In ATHENS CITY ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING BARDS (13/113) [first released 01/22/96], parts of the Aphrodite's shell for 5 dinars scene is memorialized. No new information is provided though, so I have ignored it for purposes of this paper.
 The next dinar reference is from an episode blessed with the word in its title. Yes, we are talking FISTFUL OF DINARS (14/114) [first aired 01/29/96]. Strangely enough, it mentions dinars only once...
FISTFUL OF DINARS
That's a lot of dinars.
 Perhaps 10,000 is big money for a mercenary. Thersites did his assassin job for 5,000, but he may have felt underpaid since he did help himself to another 5,000, bringing the total up to a decent 10,000.
THERSITES Four heads, Marleus. Don't be an amateur. I'm the one who kills. I'm the one with the tricks up his sleeve. MAN 1 He killed Marleus! Run! MAN 2 Run! THERSITES He's already paid me 5,000 dinars. So -- I'll just take another five for a job well done. PETRACLES Spoken like a greedy Sumerian. THERSITES Yes -- I am Sumerian. The rest is Sumerian tax. And the next time you feel the desire -- to yank me by the short hairs -- (BOINK!) 'Nuff said.
 WARRIOR...PRINCESS (15/115) [first released 02/05/96] offered the first completely ambiguous dinar reference.
WARRIOR...PRINCESS It takes "some" dinars to go to an inn to get "real food". Food for thought, no?
DIANA (brushing Argos' tail) 833, 834, 835, 836. GABRIELLE I think that's plenty. DIANA Really? It looks so flat and dull. GABRIELLE Uh -- Horses' tails are supposed to be flat and dull. DIANA Why are you throwing those rags on the soil? GABRIELLE It's gonna be dark soon; I think we should get some sleep. DIANA I agree, but why are you putting those ra -- We're sleeping on the ground? GABRIELE: That's what Xena does. DIANA Boy, I sure am hungry. I could eat a whole pickled croesus on my own. GABRIELLE Couldn't we all? Um, I'm not much of a hunter -- Not like Xena. You'll have to make do with this. DIANA What is it? GABRIELLE Cheese. DIANA I've got some dinars. We could go out to an inn and get some real food. GABRIELLE Just try the cheese. It may not be as bad as you think. DIANA What? GABRIELLE You may look like Xena, but you're nothing alike. DIANA Philemon thinks that I'm a delicate flower --far too frail to eat bread and cheese and endure a night under the stars. Did I ever tell you that I haven't been outside the castle walls but twice? GABRIELLE More times than you've actually been outside the castle walls.
 ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (17/117) [first released 02/19/96] offered a slightly less ambiguous dinar reference.
ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES
A tablet of great worth, a weapon of terrible power.
 Multi-million dollar castles with no closets!!! What a thought!
XENA What do you mean, you're out of here? AUTOLYCUS Malthus' ego was important to our plan. Now he's dead. So is his ego. So is our plan. Now any good thief knows when to back off and pick another pocket. XENA I can't give up. This chest is too important to my friends. AUTOLYCUS Some advice from me to you: find less demanding friends. XENA There was a time, when I was young, I was wounded in battle -- And those people found me -- They dressed my wounds and fed me, though they had nothing to spare. And then, when the enemy came to find me, one of them died protecting me. However, I can't expect that you would understand that. AUTOLYCUS Understand? What, just because I'm a thief, no matter how or why? XENA Well, I just figured you learned it from your father. AUTOLYCUS My father -- Well, that would be an interesting subject, except that he was killed before I was born. My mother died when I was eight, so, it was just my older brother to take care of me -- Like those people took care of you. And, when he was killed, you -- do what you can to survive. If we find out who killed Malthus, we'll find that chest. XENA Well, let's get on with it then, shall we? AUTOLYCUS Ah, yes, but first, I must get some sleep, and I get the bed this time, thank you. XENA (looks at the bed) The chest! (hears knocking at the door) Who is it? SOLDIER (behind door) Arkel sent me to search the room. AUTOLYCUS Multi-million dinar castle and no closets. SOLDIER Come on, open up! XENA One minute!
 In THE PRODIGAL (18/118) [first released 03/04/96], Meleager's bounty is given.
THE PRODIGAL So! 50,000 is considered a pretty good bounty. Meleager was "the Mighty" after all!
DAMON Is it true? Was it Meleager? SOLDIER 1 Sure as we're standing here. SOLDIER 2 They say he killed 500 men at Liguria. DAMON I heard it was six-twenty-five. But that's not the number that interests me. No, the figure I'm thinking of is 50,000 -- As in the 50,000 dinars that are being offered for the capture of Meleager. SOLDIER 1 [Whistles] Who wants him that bad? DAMON A warlord named Cassius. Turns out his sons were at Liguria.
 By the time the second season plows into town, REMEMBER NOTHING (26/202) [first released 10/07/96] gives us another ambiguous dinar reference.
 Some dinars will get you good faith, aka "insurance".
WOMAN 1 Please. STORE OWNER Hold on -- What do you think you're doing? SOLDIER We're here to place an order -- two wagonloads of food and hay to be delivered by midday tomorrow. That a problem? STORE OWNER No, but I'll need some dinars -- as good faith. SOLDIER You wanna see some good faith? Start praying -- and if I spare you, that's as good as it gets. XENA (causing soldier grief) Oh, I'm sorry. I -- I was just checking the price of this rug. Are you all right? I guess I don't know my own strength. Can you ever forgive me?
 In an uncharacteristically l-o-n-g scene, Joxer gets to share some information on what 50 dinars can get you in GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (28/204) [first released 10/21/96].
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