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

Session

S24. ANTIQUITY 4. ANCIENT THRACE – A REGION OF COINAGE DIVERSITY

S24
Sep 13, 2022, 3:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Conveners

S24. ANTIQUITY 4. ANCIENT THRACE – A REGION OF COINAGE DIVERSITY

  • Ulrike Peter (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie Der Wissenschaften)

S24. ANTIQUITY 4. ANCIENT THRACE – A REGION OF COINAGE DIVERSITY

  • Selene Psoma (National and Capodistrian University of Athens)

Description

Org.: Lily Grozdanova, chair: Ulrike Peter, Selene Psoma

Ancient Thrace was a region with multiple monetary systems and some of the earliest coinages. The intensive scholarly interest in these diverse coinages starts in the 18th c. and continues uninterrupted to the modern digital era. The intensification of the archaeological investigations in the region in the last century and a half has brought to light enormous quantities of materials, a substantial part of which are the numismatic artefacts which leave a crucial number of questions open for analysis.
The recent implementation of digital technologies in the research has changed the paradigm of historical and numismatic study permanently and essentially. It calls for scientific debates, the development of new methodologies for the reevaluation of existing theories and the formulation of new. They could affect historical knowledge beyond the local level of Thrace, due to the complexity of the region as a meeting point of multiple civilizations and identity constructs in Antiquity. A wide range of research questions is open as regards the coinages, confirming the value of coins as a complex historical source.
Thrace offers key numismatic topics such as the specifics of the Thracian tribe coinages; the interpretation and analysis of the coinages of the Thracian Chersonese; the economic and cultural interactions of the Greek colonies; the Roman monetary system combining central and local monetary and economic practices and concepts. The abundance of themes is a strong argument that the only functional form for the current proposal is a double session.
The potential audience is a wide circle of international experts, representing universities, research centres, museums, auction houses etc. The importance of the region's interdisciplinary approach makes this event attractive for scholars from many areas of Ancient world studies.

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