Eurydike Georganteli

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History



Numismatics is the systematic study of coins with cross-disciplinary connections, having found a central role in the interpretation of the history of art, religion, politics, political geography, and economy of the ancient and medieval world. It began as part of the philosophers' approach to political science and was later systematized as a collectors' discipline and antiquarian pursuit. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the rapid development and systematic study of Byzantine coins paralleled the emergence of specialized coin collections in Europe and the United States. These collections followed the already established trend of the rediscovery of Byzantium. This article focuses on the beginnings of numismatics, Byzantine coinage from the reign of Anastasios I to Constantine XI, and the role of coins in religion, political ideology, and art.

Keywords: numismatics; coins; Byzantium; art; religion; political ideology; coinage; Anastasios I; Constantine XI; economy

Article.  6681 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies

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