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Meet the Team

Clare Rowan (PI) (2016-2021)

clare rowanClare is trained as a Roman historian and in numismatics, She is interested in the role of coinage in forming society and culture, and the intersection of numismatics with digital media.

Clare holds a PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney, and was a fellow of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies during her studies. She has published on the role of coinage in contributing to ideology and identity in the Roman Empire and the Roman Republic, and is interested in different methodological approaches to understanding coin iconography. She was the Gale Macquarie Fellow at the British School at Rome in 2009, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt from 2010-2012, before coming to Warwick.

Clare is the principal investigator of the Token Communities project. She will be conducting research on the roles of tokens in Rome and Italy, as well as providing an overview of the entire project.

You can contact Clare via email at C.Rowan[@]

Mairi Gkikaki (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow 2018-2021, Postdoctoral researcher 2016-2018)

Mair Gkikaki

Mairi is a classical archaeologist and a numismatist.

She holds a BA and Masters in Archaeology and Art History from the National University of Athens and a PhD from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. She has worked for the Greek Ministry of Culture as well as the Acropolis Museum, and has published on Greek Numismatics and art of the classical and Hellenistic period.

She is especially interested in the social and economic aspects of the ancient Greek coinage and in matters of taste and fashion in antiquity.

Mairi is a team member of the project Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean and will focus on the tokens of Hellenistic and Roman Athens and the political, economic, religious, cultural and social roles that these tokens played.

You can contact Mairi via email at M.Gkikaki[@]

Antonino Crisà (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2016-March 2019)

Nino CrisaAntonino (‘Nino’) Crisà is an archaeologist, numismatist and historian. His research and published works mainly focus on numismatics and the history of Sicilian archaeology and excavations, particularly on archival records, antiquarian collecting, the history of museum collections, antiquities safeguarding and legislation on the cultural heritage between the Bourbon and post-unification periods (1816-1918).

Nino obtained a BA in Classics (2004), an MA in Archaeology (2007) and Specialization in Numismatics and Archaeology (2010) from the Università degli Studi di Milano. He holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Leicester (2015), where he has been employed as Teaching Assistant and Specialist Mentor. He has also worked as field archaeologist and numismatist in urban excavations and research projects in Italy and Syria (Palmyra) since 2003.

Nino was Research Fellow of the Tokens Communities project and conducted research on tokens in Sicily, mainly focusing on iconography, archaeological contexts and the history of collecting.

You can contact Nino via email at nino.crisa[@]

Denise Wilding (PhD student) (2016-2020)


Denise is trained as an archaeologist, specialising in small finds and numismatics. She is interested in the role that artefacts play in constructing identities and how perceptions to artefacts change over their period of use.

She studied Archaeology (BA) and Medieval Archaeology (MA) at the University of York, and has worked as a Finds Liaison Assistant for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in conjunction with the British Museum.

Denise is undertaking a PhD studentship as part of the Token communities project, and will be studying the role of tokens in the Roman Empire, with a focus mainly on the Roman west.

You can contact Denise via email at D.Wilding.1[@]

Cristian Mondello (British Academy Visiting Fellow, May-November 2018, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow 2019-2021)

Cristian MondelloCristian works on Roman history and historiography, with a particular focus on the social, religious and political aspects of the imperial age and late antiquity (2nd-5th centuries AD). He is also interested in Roman coins and tokens which, as an expression of relationships, exchanges and culture, contain remarkable informative potential for the understanding of broader aspects within ancient communities.

Cristian Mondello holds a BA/MA in Classical Archaeology and a PhD in Archaeological and Historical Sciences. He specialises in Roman History and Historiography. Since 2017, he was an assistant (“Cultore della materia”) in the Department of Roman History and Ancient Numismatics at the DICAM (Dipartimento di Civiltà Antiche e Moderne) of the University of Messina. He has contributed to the support and development of the web application DIANA (Digital Iconographic Atlas of Numismatics in Antiquity) created by the University of Messina - LIN Project (MURST 2000). In 2016, his doctoral dissertation on the reception of classical sources by Eusebius of Caesarea was awarded the research prize in Ancient history, “Premio Anassilaos Ricerca”, by the Associazione Culturale Anassilaos.

You can contact Cristian via email at Cristian.Mondello[@]

International advisory board: Dr. Andrew Burnett (UCL), Prof. Kevin Butcher (Warwick), Prof. Fleur Kemmers (Frankfurt), Associate Professor Ken Sheedy (Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University Sydney)