Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004576

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2015-2019

Registered students: 26
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Module CoursesWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Successful attendance of ACL 101: Introduction to Greek Classical Archaeology and HAN 101: Introduction to Ancient Greek History is recommended.
Learning Outcomes
In the context of 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) practise their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Coins comprise an essential tool for archaeologists and historians in interpreting the past. Officially produced by various authorities in large quantities, they have been the main form of money in many societies for more than twenty-five centuries. The images and inscriptions on their surfaces are particularly enlightening to the history, ideology, religion and art of the societies that issued and handled them. The metals used for their manufacture, 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. The course focuses on the evolution of coinage and its role in ancient Macedonia. It examines various issues on coin production, iconography and circulation in Macedonia from the Archaic to the Hellenistic and Republican period. Furthermore, it aims at familiarising the students with the methodology and tools of Numismatics –the study of coins and coin-formed objects– as well as with the function of coins as archaeological artefacts and important tool for dating archaeological sites and strata.
Ancient Macedonia, numismatics, coin, coinage, mint, hoard, circulation, ancient economy
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Written assigments1003.3
Student Assessment
Evaluation of students will be based on a written essay and its oral presentation (80%), as well as their ability to describe and commend on coins presented during the course(20%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
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