S03. GREECE 3. GREEK COIN ICONOGRAPHY IN THE DIGITAL ERA: 3. GREECE 3. GREEK COIN ICONOGRAPHY IN THE DIGITAL ERA
- Vladimir Stolba (Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin, Münzkabinett / Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Of Sciences And Humanities)
Org.: Ulrike Peter, Frédérique Duyrat, chair: Vladimir Stolba
Numismatic iconography is a rapidly evolving research area, which with advent of new technologies also becomes increasingly interdisciplinary. While its potential for the history of the Roman world has long been appreciated, numerous paths are still to be developed in the field of Greek numismatics. Sharing the basic theoretical framework of the 'Bildwissenschaften', Greek coin iconography has, however, its specifics which make mandatory an approach that is different from the one used for Roman or provincial coinage. This has been clearly demonstrated by a range of international conferences on the topic held in Italy, Germany, and Greece over the last decade.
A number of novel approaches and potential new directions in the field that were identified include:
- promoting research on Greek coin iconography;
- implementing a quantitative approach;
- paying attention to multiple contexts (numismatic, historical, archaeological), with a special focus on contemporary Greek art history;
- analysing image choices and the general evolution of coin types and their distributions vis-à-vis their metals and denominations;
- studying the engraver styles on various levels (international, regional, personal); and
- identifying target audiences and the problems of reception, also beyond the scope of Antiquity.
Digital approaches that have become a new and rapidly advancing trend in numismatic research also raise the question of what Linked Open Data, Natural Language Processing, image recognition and the new tools under construction, such as web portals devoted to iconography, can bring to such a topic. The session aims at identifying where this research currently stands, and how and in which directions we should move further. We invite specialists working on Greek coins from different parts of the ancient Greek world, which should offer a broad geographical and chronological perspective from the beginning of this coinage down to the Roman provincial.
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