With regard to numismatics, after the completion of the course, students will be acquainted with the basic methods of numismatics, questions relevant to monetary production and circulation, as well as with the double - economic and ideological - role of coinage. Moreover, they will be able to identify and date Byzantine coins, and they will have acquired knowledge regarding the diverse possibilities offered by coinage as a source of history and archaeology.
With regard to sigillography, after the completion of the course, students will know the basic principles of sigillography, they will be to some extent able to read and date Byzantine lead seals, as well as to recognize the diversity of information regarding the prosopography, the administrative and social structure, religious beliefs, and art of the Byzantine society, that can be deduced from the study of seals.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is general introduction to the fields of numismatics and sigillography. Regarding numismatics, after a general introduction to the methods of the field and an overview of Byzantine coin production, the course will focus on special issues, such as coins as archaeological evidence, numismatic iconography as an expression of imperial ideology etc. In the field of sigillography (i.e. the study of Byzantine seals) students will practise in reading and dating Byzantine seals, and learn about their contribution to the study of Byzantine administration, economy and prosopography.
Coins, coinage, seals, lead seals, gold seals, coinage, monetary circulation, ideology, iconography