Session Title

Topics in Byzantine Numismatics

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; Princeton Univ. Numismatic Collection

Organizer Name

Jonathan Shea

Organizer Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Presider Name

Jonathan Shea

Paper Title 1

Anonymous Folles: Techniques, Problems, and Solutions in Dating

Presenter 1 Name

Eric Medawar

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Paper Title 2

Army Pay or People’s Money? The Byzantine Mint of Thessalonica in the Sixth Century

Presenter 2 Name

Andrei Gândilâ

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville

Paper Title 3

Piercing Coins in Byzantium: Considering Trends in the Piercing of Coins Dating from the Reigns of Anastasius through to Constantine IV

Presenter 3 Name

Stephanie R. Caruso

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.

Paper Title 4

Byzantine Coinage and the Dark Age of Archaeological Sites

Presenter 4 Name

Alan Stahl

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Start Date

12-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Byzantine numismatics is one of the oldest disciplines of Byzantine studies, one that has contributed not only to economic but also social, religious, commercial, and institutional history. As mass-produced, widely circulated, objects created by the Byzantine government, coins shed light on the priorities of individual rulers as well as dynasties. As artifacts with an archaeological context, coins allow us to analyze evolving economies, exchange networks, spheres of economic influence, and the movement of goods and individuals. Byzantine numismatics is a flourishing subset of the wider discipline which compliments and extends other areas of inquiry, and is of relevance not only to Byzantinists, but all those who study the medieval world. The proposed sessions are open to papers that study coins and seals from a material perspective, as well as to those whose argument is based primarily on evidence from coins and seals. In addition to sigillographers, numismatists, and Byzantinists, we hope that these sessions will draw other medievalists, who may learn more about these fascinating artifacts of Byzantine material culture, and who may provide insight into comparable approaches in medieval studies.

Jonathan Shea

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Topics in Byzantine Numismatics

Schneider 1130

Byzantine numismatics is one of the oldest disciplines of Byzantine studies, one that has contributed not only to economic but also social, religious, commercial, and institutional history. As mass-produced, widely circulated, objects created by the Byzantine government, coins shed light on the priorities of individual rulers as well as dynasties. As artifacts with an archaeological context, coins allow us to analyze evolving economies, exchange networks, spheres of economic influence, and the movement of goods and individuals. Byzantine numismatics is a flourishing subset of the wider discipline which compliments and extends other areas of inquiry, and is of relevance not only to Byzantinists, but all those who study the medieval world. The proposed sessions are open to papers that study coins and seals from a material perspective, as well as to those whose argument is based primarily on evidence from coins and seals. In addition to sigillographers, numismatists, and Byzantinists, we hope that these sessions will draw other medievalists, who may learn more about these fascinating artifacts of Byzantine material culture, and who may provide insight into comparable approaches in medieval studies.

Jonathan Shea