This workshop explores the significance and impact of money and coinage in the formative centuries of the Roman Republic, with a focus on the 4th to 2nd centuries BCE. The mutual relation between money and coinage in relation to key developments of the Mid Republican period, such as the formation of the Roman state, Roman expansion, and the rise of economic institutions, infrastructure and thought takes centre stage. What is the relation, if any, between the introduction of coinage in the Roman world and Roman state formation? How did Roman military and economic expansion affect the potential use of money? Conversely, what opportunities did the introduction of coinage (and other new forms of money) create for the major players in the Roman and Italian political and economic arena? Might we even go as far to analyse the newly introduced coins as active agents in these processes?
An international group of scholars from The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, the UK, USA and Canada, working in the fields of mid Republican history, archaeology and numismatics, will gather from February 16th to 18th at the KNIR to jointly continue and broaden the debate on this crucial period of Roman history. The workshop is organised in cooperation with the KNIR, the German Archaeological Institute at Rome, the Radboud University Nijmegen, and Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Generous funds have been provided by the Thyssen Foundation and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (VENI project “Coining Roman Rule”).
© image: https://ikmk.smb.museum/object?id=18200980 , Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, no 18200980, photo by D. Sonnenwald.