Within the course the students will
(1) gain knowledge of the history and development of coinage in the antiquity,
(2) learn the metals and the techniques used for the production of coins,
(3) understand the impact of coinage in the economies and societies of the ancient world,
(4) get familiarised with the methodology of Numismatics via a series of exercises on the identification, description and recording of ancient coins,
(5) be able to use coins as a source of information for the study and interpretation of economy, society, ideology, religion and art of their time,
(6) practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Numismatics, the study of coins and coin-formed objects, comprises an essential tool for archaeologists and historians in their quest to interpret and reconstruct the past.
Officially produced by state authorities in large quantities, coins have been the main form of money in many societies for more than two millennia. The images and inscriptions on their surfaces are particularly enlightening to the history, ideology, religion and art of the societies that issued and used them. The metals used for their manufacture –gold, silver, copper or alloys–, their weight and size as well as their provenance, provide a wealth of information on the study of economies about which there is few or no written evidence. In addition, they are an important tool for dating archaeological sites and strata, as their high survival rate –due to their mass production and durability– combined with their designs and inscriptions make them the most easily and accurately datable archaeological artefacts.
The current course (academic year 2017-8, winter semester) examines various aspects of the Hellenistic world and Rome based on coin evidence. The essays assigned will deal with issues on coin production, iconography and circulation in the ancient world during the Hellenistic and Roman Republican period. Furthermore, it aims at familiarizing the students with the methodology of Numismatics via a series of exercises on the identification, description and recording of ancient coins.
numismatics, coin, coinage, mint, hoard, circulation, ancient economy, Hellenistic world, Rome
Additional bibliography for study
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Harl, K.W. Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East. Berkeley, 1987.
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