At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- identify the major Greek, Roman and Medieval coinages, and analyze them as invaluable historical sources. The course also aims to serve as a general methodological introduction to the use of coins in archaeology, ancient economics, and cliodynamics;
- understand and apply statistical and quantitative methods used in numismatics which will allow you to ask questions of size, volume, and importance of ancient coinage;
- base historical analyses on numismatic evidence while adopting a diachronic and diatopic perspective;
The course will allow you to master a wider reading of Antiquity and Middle Ages using coins as a starting point but also referring to various other sources (literature, inscriptions, ancient and medieval historians and chroniclers, gems and seals, architecture etc.).
Introduction on the elective: Coins and History|
The elective on Coins, History and Numismatics focuses on the importance of coinage as historical and archaeological evidence for understanding ancient and medieval history. Its aim is to offer to (R)MA students the opportunity to become familiar with an important instrument by understanding the ways in which the production and circulation of the ancient coinages has influenced the formation and establishment of social and commercial relationships between the involved parties. The role of ancient cities, kings, Emperors and Medieval civitates will be further explored.
Therefore, the key words for those interested to the present elective are: coins, numismatics, history, archaeology, message transmission, coin fabrication, ancient economy, quantification.