Georgia Galani

Georgia Galani


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Works at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
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Visiting address Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7
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Postal address Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur 106 91 Stockholm Stockholm


The Last Century of the Roman Republic:
Civic Bronze Coinages in the Eastern Mediterranean

The presence of the Romans in the eastern Mediterranean and their involvement in the affairs of the Greek cities had multiple effects on various aspects of civic life and administration; economy is one of those aspects.

One way to study the ancient economy is through the production and the multifaceted uses of coinage. As products of the cities, coins met various needs and were particularly suited to forming and propagating notions of identity on various levels. The technical characteristics of the coins, i.e. their metal alloy, size and weight, as well as their iconography, provide immediate information on the value of the money used and how this value was calculated. These features had an impact on how ordinary people perceived money and how they used it on a daily basis.

The present study concerns the Greek civic bronze coinages of the eastern Mediterranean under early Roman rule (ca. 148-31/0 BC). The main aim is to offer a comparative review of these coinages in the frame of the newly established Roman provincial administration and the mixed populations cohabiting in the same cities. More specifically, the purpose is to detect continuities and changes in bronze coin production through the symbolic language (iconography and legends) and the economic value (metrology) of the coins, in a constant interplay with the Roman currency. Although the basic material is numismatic, the ultimate goal of the study is to put coinage into the broader context of the period under consideration and, under this scope, literary sources, epigraphic evidence and other types of archaeological material is put into the discussion in order to illuminate the transforming reality of the eastern Mediterranean basin under the influence of the intensifying Roman presence.

Lena Sjögren, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University (Sweden)

Panagiotis Tselekas, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Last updated: June 8, 2020

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