Numismatics : Antiquity

larko2270  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Numismatics : Antiquity
5.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
Main themes
Terminology and technology of fabrication. Their importance for piecing together the history of the coins and their issue. Metrology and its methods. Monetary alloys and the sources of the metals. Monetary epigraphy. The message conveyed by the inscriptions on the coins. Study of the iconographic documentation for the buildings, statues and other realia.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Introduction to methods of classification and the methodological use of Byzantine, Greek, Celtic and Roman numismatic sources.
  • Technical aspects of coinage: sources of the metals, monetary alloys, minting technology, organisation of minting.
  • Monetary metrology and quantification: monetary and weight standards ; quantifying monetary supplies and monetary production
  • Monetary typology and iconography: analysis of types, legends, "symbols" and various marks
  • History of coinage in Ancient Times, from the earliest electrum coins up to the late Roman Empire.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures.
Evaluation methods
Written exam.
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Online resources
  • Syllabus / Coursebook (disponible / available on Moodle)
Une bibliographie détaillée est disponible sur Moodle. / A detailed bibliography is available on Moodle.
  • W. V. Harris (éd.), The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (Oxford, 2008).
  • W. E. Metcalf (éd.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (Oxford, 2012).
  • D. Schaps, The Invention of Coinage and the Monetization of Ancient Greece (Ann Arbor, 2004).
  • H. Nicolet-Pierre, Numismatique grecque (Paris, 2002).
  • I. Sellars, The Monetary System of the Romans (Melbourne, 2013).
  • M. H. Crawford, Coinage and Money under the Roman Republic: Italy and the Mediterranean Economy (Berkeley, 1985).
  • C. Katsari, The Roman Monetary System. The Eastern Provinces from the First to the Third Century AD (Cambridge, 2011).
  • C. Morrisson, Byzance et sa monnaie (4e-15e siècle): précis de numismatique byzantine (Paris, 2015).
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus / Coursebook (disponible / available on Moodle)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General