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Classics & Ancient History Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean

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This ERC funded 5 year project is the first major study of ancient tokens across time and space. Tokens played central roles in cultural, religious, political and economic life in antiquity; closer study of these objects will result in a greater understanding of the ancient world and its cultural legacy. The project explores how these objects actively generated different types of community, contextualising the contemporary rise of alternative and community currencies.

Introductory Video

An introduction to the project and its aims:

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Were "tesserae" gaming pieces?

Watch a brief interview with Clare Rowan about the representation of games on tokens, from the ERC-funded Locus Ludi conference in September 2018.