Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

A classical revival in Upper Mesopotamia? Some remarks about some Zangid and Artuqid coinage.

Sep 13, 2022, 2:00 PM
University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 Warsaw


Nicolas Consiglio (Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel)


Several coin series minted in northern Syria and Upper Mesopotamia on the orders of several princes belonging to the Zangid (521-619/1127-1222) and Artuqid (495-811/1104-1408) dynasties have on them figurative representations imitating ancient coins. The article explores the significance of these images for the users of these coins in the Middle Ages. Geopolitics and the crusades, the ancestral ritual practices and the relationship of the populations to Islam, and the Turkish origin of the issuing authorities could offer a new insight.

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Nicolas Consiglio (Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel)

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