Coinage in Imperial Space

KRAkOW, 28 JUNE - 2 JULY 2017


During the two days of the conference the audience will hear 23 contributions prepared by international, top-specialists in the field of Achaemenid and Greek numismatics and history of the economy. Here is the list of the speakers with abstracts of their lectures:

Peter van Alfen is a member of staff of the American Numismatic Society and Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins, Curatorial Department Head. He is an economic historian working on problems of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern monetary, fiscal and trade systems spanning the Late Bronze Age to the early Byzantine period. He has published on a variety of topics including Mycenaean administration, Athenian public finance and coinage, market regulations, Arabian monetization, and Late Roman amphoras. His interests also extend to European and US medallic art of the 15th–21st c. Currently, he is working on several research projects and is preparing a book on the political economy of archaic Greek coinage.

Talk: “Payment, Profit or Prestige? The Rationalities of Coin Production in (Post-) Achaemenid Imperial Space”


Michael Alram is the director of the Department of Coins and Medals of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. He is also vice-president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and President of the International Numismatic Council. The focus of his research is in the field of Iranian numismatics and history. The chronological framework extends from the 6th century BC, with the founding of the Achaemenid Empire, to the 7th/8th c. AD, when Iran fell into the hands of its Arab conquerors. He is involved in a number of research projects, Sylloge Nummorum Sasanidarum and Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum among others.

Talk: Concluding remarks

Jarosław Bodzek is the v-ce director of the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University and the director of the Coin Cabinet of the National Museum in Krakow. He specialises in Greek and Roman numismatics, with special focus on Archaic and Classical coin manufacturing in Asia Minor and at the Black Sea coasts. Other fields of his interest are: Greek sculpture and architecture of the Classical and Hellenistic period and sculpture and architecture of the Republican Rome. He is the Editor in Chief of two scientific journals – Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization and Notae Numismaticae-Zapiski Numizmatyczne.

Talk: “King, Satraps, Local Dynasts and Cities in Achaemenid Imperial Space – Pseudo Aristotle’s Oikonomika and the Numismatic Reality”


François de Callataÿ is head of Department at the Royal Library of Belgium, Directeur d‘études at the École pratique des Hautes Études (Paris-Sorbonne) and professor at the Free University of Brussels. He is a specialist of ancient Greek coinages and finances with a special interest for Hellenistic royal coinages, from Alexander the Great to Mithridates Eupator. He is possibly best known for his many works about numismatic quantification, estimating the sizes of ancient coinages put into circulation, and the general link between monetary strikes and military purposes. His work also focuses on ancient economy on the long term and antiquarianism during the 16th-18th c. (mainly through numismatics).

Talk: “Not civic but imperial: the abundant silver coinages in the name of Pamphylian and Cilician cities (c. 450-333 BC)”


Karsten Dahmen is a classical archaeologist and numismatist specialising in Hellenistic and Late Antique coinages. He works as a curator at the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin where he is involved in several research projects dealing mostly with Late Antique, Byzantine and modern coins and medals produced out of Germany. He is also responsible for the redaction of the Internet catalogue of Berlin’s coin collection.

Talk: “Money and Legitimacy after Alexander”


Frédérique Duyrat is the director of the Department of Coins, Medals and Antiques at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. She is the author of Arados hellénistique, étude historique et monétaires, BAH 173, Beirut, 2005 and Wealth and Warfare. The Archaeology of Money in Ancient Syria, NS 34, New York, 2016, as well as numerous scientific articles dealing with problems of production and distribution of coins in the Near East. Currently, she is working on Alexander’s gold coinage and the circulation of gold in the Greek world.

Talk: “Money in Transeuphratene during the Achaemenid Period”


Aneurin Ellis-Evans is a Lecturer in Ancient History at Brasenose College and St. Anne's College, Oxford. His research interests include the regional history of Lesbos and the Troad (7th c. BC - 1st c. AD), the monetary history of this same region and also Hellespontine Mysia (6th - 1st c. BC), and Hellenistic history (with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the polis).

Talk: "Persian Bimetallism: Fixed or Fluid?" (co-authored with Jonathan Kagan)


Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and works in the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture Documenta Antiqua Department. His main interests are the archaic and classical coinages of the Greeks including their barbarous neighbours in both the Balkans and the Levant. He leads a research project aiming at catalouging of all Archaic electrum coinage.

Talk: “The Royal Lydian Coinage before Croesus: Walwet and Kukalim”


Haim Gitler is the Chief Curator of Archaeology and the Curator of Numismatics at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. He acted as the President of the Israel Numismatic Society from 2005 until 2016. He has been a lecturer in numismatics at Tel Aviv University. In his scientific work, he focuses mainly on the Persian Period Coinages, Philistian, Judaean and Samarian but the spectrum of his interests is far wider - from the earliest known coins down to the Byzantine period. While serving at the Israel Museum, he organised many exhibitions among which the one entitled ‘White Gold: Revealing the World’s Earliest Coins’ (2012) deserves a special highlight.

Talk: “Fourth-century BC Indigenous Coinages in Palestine. Towards an Understanding of Achaemenid-Macedonian Monetary Administration” (co-authored with Oren Tal)


Alicja Jurkiewicz is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Archaeology of Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She finished her MA studies in 2015, defending thesis about the iconography of the coinage of Seleucus I Nikator. She presented her research on many conferences and took part in several excavation projects e.g. on Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon. She is interested in the coinage of Seleucid Kingdom as well as its separatist minorities. Her ongoing studies concern coinage circulation in Phoenicia in the Hellenistic Period.


Talk: “Dynastic Myths and Legends in the Hellenistic East in the Case of Seleucid and Bactrian Coin Iconography”


Jonathan Kagan, an independent scholar, received his A.B. from Harvard University and his M.A. and D.Litt from Oxford University in Classics. He is a fellow of the American and Royal Numismatic Societies and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His research is focused on Archaic and Classical Greek coinage and the History of Numismatics.

Talk: "Persian Bimetallism: Fixed or Fluid?" (co-authored with Aneurin Ellis-Evans)


Evangeline Markou is Associate Researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Institute of Historical Research, Department of Greek and Roman Antiquity (KERA) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF). Her interests cover history, numismatics and inscriptions of Cyprus from the Archaic and Classical periods, iconography of the Archaic and Classical periods, the economic politics of the kings of Cyprus and the relationships between Cyprus and the East. She is the scientific coordinator of the research project: “The Silver Coinage of the Kings of Cyprus: Numismatics and History in the Archaic and Classical Periods (6th to 4th centuries BC)” (acronym SilCoinCy)” funded by the Action ARISTEIA II and of the website Kyprios Character, dedicated to the history, archaeology and numismatics of Ancient Cyprus.

Talk: “The Kings of Cyprus from Achaemenid to Hellenistic Rule: an Autonomous Royal Coinage ?”


Andrew Meadows is Professor of Ancient History and Tutorial Fellow at New College, Oxford and a member of the International Numismatic Council. He was a co-founder of the project, is co-director of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire and of the Oxford-Paris Alexander Project. He has written and edited more than 100 books and articles, including three volumes in the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series, and two volumes of Coin Hoards. His most recent publication (with T. Faucher and C. Lorber) is Egyptian Hoards I. The Ptolemies (Cairo, 2017).

Talk: “Coinage in Imperial Space: Control, Convention or Chaos?”


Mariusz Mielczarek is professor in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He is working on problems of numismatics and archaeology of the Northern Black sea region (projects: “Ancient Nikonion” as well as “Greek poleis of the Northern Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean”) and Eastern Mediterranean, economy of ancient Greek world with special attention to coin circulation (including problems of Greek coin finds in Barbarian Europe) and trade relations. He is working on the history of Polish collections of Ancient Greek coins and publications of Polish collections of Ancient Greek coins.

Talk: “Paying Mercenaries. In Imperial Space and not only”


Marek J. Olbrycht is the Head of Department of Ancient History and Oriental Studies at the University of Rzeszów. He specialises in the history and culture of ancient Iran and Central Asia (Pre-Islamic period). His research focuses on such issues as relationships between ancient Greece and Rome with Orient, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic epoch, Seleucid and Parthian Iran, Pontus and the northern coasts of the Black Sea (with special regard for Mithridates VI Eupator) and the history of warfare.

Talk: “The India-related Coins of Alexander the Great: New Insights”


Ulrike Peter is a numismatists and a Senior Researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Her research and publications focus on Thracian coinage and on the perception of ancient coins in the Renaissance. She studies the coins of the ancient city Philippopolis in Thrace with a special consideration of civic identities. She is one of the executive of the research project Corpus Nummorum Thracorum.

Talk: „Die Umbrüche in der Münzversorgung in der zweiten Hälfte des 4. Jh. v. Chr. in Thrakien: Überblick und Diskussion“


Selene E. Psoma is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Athens. She is interested in history, numismatics, epigraphy, economy, history of law, institutions and topography (Greek cities in Thrace, Kingdom of Macedonia, Mainland Greece and Hellenistic Asia Minor). She published the corpora of the bronze coinages of the Chalcidians of Thrace and the Bottiaeans (2001), a SNG (Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum) Greece IV. The Petros Z. Saroglos Collection (in collaboration with I. P. Touratsoglou: 2005), the corpus of the inscriptions of Aegean Thrace (2005), the excavation coins from the two sites of Maroneia (2008), and more than 70 articles on numismatics, epigraphy and history.

Talk: “The ΣΥΝ (symmachikon) Coinage of the Classical Period. Agesilaus versus Lysander”


Oren Tal is a Professor of classical and Near Eastern archaeology in the Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. He is the current Director of the Apollonia-Arsuf Excavation Project (since 2007). His research interests concern the material culture of the classical- and medieval-period Near East and its social, political and economic implications, that is from the mid-first millennium BCE to the early second millennium CE. He is also engaged in the study of the early indigenous southern Levantine coinages and the development of monetary economy in the Levant, as well as in ancient technologies.

Talk: “Fourth-century BC Indigenous Coinages in Palestine. Towards an Understanding of Achaemenid-Macedonian Monetary Administration” (co-authored with Haim Gitler)


Christopher Tuplin is a Professor of Ancient History at the University of Liverpool. The main focus of his work lies in Classical Greece and Achaemenid Persia, and the topics on which he has written include: literary and historical and historiographical issues in Xenophon’s Hellenica, Anabasis and Cyropaedia; classical Greek political and military history; the reality and perception of Media and “medism”; the civil and military administration of the Persian Empire; the Persian Great King’s grands projects, coins, inscriptions, misrepresentations, justice, nomadic habits, or ideological posture and head-gear; the Hellenistic legacy of the Achaemenids; the historians Ctesias and Berossus; Babylonian astronomical diaries; the orator Demosthenes; Delos in classical Athenian imperialism; slavery; and racism. He is currently working on Aramaic documents linked to the satrap Arshama and a commentary on Xenophon’s Anabasis.

Talk: “Of darics, disks, staters and Samarians: some issues in Achaemenid imperial space”


Ute Wartenberg Kagan is Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society. Her research interests focus on the early Archaic coins and economy of Greece and the Achaemenid Empire, and in particular on the role of the earliest coins in electrum and silver in the 6th century BCE. She is currently working on a database of all known early electrum coins, which will be used as a basis for a new typology for Archaic coinage.  In addition, she is trying to finish a book on the coinage of Pherae in Thessaly.  Since 1991, she has been editing, with Andrew Meadows, Coin Hoards, which aims to record all known Greek coin hoards; this project is now moving to an online database.  Apart from being a numismatist, she has also a strong interest in Greek papyrology, antiquarian numismatic literature, and 20th century medallic art.

Talk: “A New Persian Coinage of the Archaic and Classical Period”


Bernhard Weisser is the Director of the Coin Cabinet in the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. He specialises in coinage of the Roman provinces and the Parthian Empire as well as coin finds from Priene and Milet. He is responsible for the creation of interactive catalog of the Berlin’s Coin Cabinet, which is the most comprehensive online publication of a coin collection in the German-speaking world. He also extensively publishes on German medals produced during the First World War.

Talk: “The Hoard of Demanhur and the Persian Empire. Remarks on Late Archaic and Early Classic Coinage”


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