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Georgia Galani

Georgia Galani

Doktorand

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Works at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Telephone 08-16 33 69
Email georgia.galani@antiken.su.se
Visiting address Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7
Room 418
Postal address Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur 106 91 Stockholm Stockholm

Research

Economic Change and Monetary Transition from the Republic to the Empire: the case of the Greek East

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 the cities’ administration and organization; economy is one of those aspects.

One way to study the ancient economy is through the production and the multiple 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, weight and diameter, 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 purpose of this study is to detect the possible transformations that the coinage of cities in the provinces of Macedonia and Achaea endured under the Roman influence in the transition from the late Republic to the early Empire. More specifically, the idea is to discern the probable changes on the metrological system of Hellenistic coinages, and as a result in the economic administration of the Greek cities under Roman rule. The focus will be on the denominational system and whatever strongly connects with it, such as the minting authorities or those financing the issues of the cities, but could also extend to some iconographic elements in the broader frame of the gradual ʻRomanization’ of the eastern coinages.

Last updated: May 30, 2018

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