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The world in your hand. New directions in numismatic research. (#numismaticworld)

Department of Classics and Ancient History, Warwick, in conjunction with The Royal Numismatic Society.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this conference will now be held via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to participants and attendees soon.

Bookings for this conference are now closed.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Registration here. Registration will close on 31 March 2020. Attendees will then receive a Zoom invite and further instructions.

Conference Organisers: Charlotte Mann and Clare Rowan

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Fleur Kemmers (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)

Coins, banknotes, tokens and other forms of money are often portable objects that can be held in the hand; indeed modern day medallic artists tell us that these objects are designed to be held in the hand. But although small and at times unassuming, these media carry and convey an extraordinary array of information; by holding a coin in your hand one might argue you are holding your world. This conference explores what the unique contribution of numismatics is to our understanding of human society.

Updated Online Programme. All times are GMT (London, UK, daylight savings time)

9.10-9.30: Log on and welcome.

Session 1: The Roman World

9.30-9.55: Charlotte Mann (University of Warwick and Macquarie University). A ‘Model of Liberality’: Military Patronage and Imperial Power Under Antoninus Pius.

9.55-10.20: Mareile gr. Beilage (University of Mannheim). Imperator and Emperor. Personalized denarii for Roman Britain?

10.20-10.45: Mali Skotheim (Warburg Institute). The Male Athletic Body on Roman Imperial Festival Coinage.

10.45-11.00am: Break

11.00-11.25am: Bridget McClean (La Trobe University). The Reclining Herakles on Stater Types of Herakleia (Magna Graecia).

11.25-11.50: Cristian Mondello (University of Warwick). Shaping creeds and identity in early Christian iconography: the role and meaning of late Roman tesserae.

11.50-12.00pm: Break


12.00-12.45: Prof. Fleur Kemmers (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main). Money as Mediator: Systems of Value in Colonial Contexts

Introduced by Charlotte Mann.

12.45-1.15pm: Lunch Break.

Session 2: Greece and the Hellenistic World

1.15 – 1.40pm: Olivia Denk (University of Basel). Imaging Hellenistic Astronomy on Coins: Rethinking the Coinage of Ouranopolis.

1.40-2.05pm: Ruben Post (University of Pennsylvania). Coinage, Balance Weights, and Economic Alignment in the 3rd-2nd c. BC Achaian and Aitolian Leagues.

2.05-2.30pm: Daniel Etches (Oxford). Coinage, Sanctuary, and Identity in Late Classical and Hellenistic Epirus.

2.30-2.55pm: Rosanagh Mack (University of Reading). Thessalian identity and the horse: the bronze coinage of the fourth century B.C.

2.55-3.10pm: Break

Session 3: Money Over Time

3.10-3.35pm: Alessandro Bona (Universities of Warwick and Milan). Numismatics, Archaeology and Contexts: Coin Finds From Excavations of the Courtyards of the Catholic University of Milan.

3.35-4.00pm: Matthias Kalisch (University of Tübingen). How to compare Greek Sanctuary Coin Finds. A methodical approach.

4.00-4.25pm: Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Findlay) Money and money substitutes in Late Antique Egypt (fifth and sixth centuries CE).

4.25-4.35pm: Break

4.35-5.00pm: Liam Fitzgerald (British Museum). Ars sine scientia nihil est: The integration and appropriation of specific classical numismatic iconography in late 18th and 19th century scientific prize medal art.

5.00pm-5.25pm: Christopher Whittell (University of Cambridge). The New Roman Empire: Roman coinage and the reinvention in the portrayal of the British monarchy on its coins and medals, during the Restoration and long eighteenth century.

5.25-5.35pm: Farewell and thanks!

We are grateful to the Humanities Research Centre and Warwick's Connecting Cultures GRP for their generous financial support.

A short video on Zoom for attendees

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