Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
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Coins of Antioch and the transition from late Antiquity to early Byzantium (324-610 AD)

Sep 15, 2022, 2:40 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Auditorium Maximum - Hall A


Pavla Gkantzios Drapleova (Institute of Slavonic Studies/Czech Academy of Sciences)


This paper introduces the main trends and features of the Antiochene coinage in the period between 324 and 610. This period was rather significant for the development of Antioch as it covers the era of tremendous growth when the city served as a residence for various fourth century emperors and reaches the years when Antioch struggled with economic problems, natural catastrophes and Persian raids in the 6th century.
The research indicates that the main peculiarities are related to the fourth century gold coins and concerned mainly the representation of imperial power. The situation in the 5th century remains rather obscure as the evidence is not sufficient enough to draw reliable conclusions. On the contrary, the particularities of the sixth century Antiochene coinage can be directly related to conditions in which the mint operated, the problems that the city had to face, and to the local socio-economic environment.

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Pavla Gkantzios Drapleova (Institute of Slavonic Studies/Czech Academy of Sciences)

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