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Byzantinische Zeitschrift

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Volume 111, Issue 1


Reconciling the ‘step sisters’: early Byzantine numismatics, history and archaeology

Prof. Dr. Andrei Gandila
Published Online: 2018-03-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bz-2018-0005


Despite the growing body of excavation finds and the steady publication of museum collections, the numismatic evidence remains an underutilized historical source. Historians who study Late Antiquity rely on archaeological evidence but tend to ignore coin finds, partly because numismatics developed as an independent field with its own set of specialized tools and research questions. Insufficient dialogue between the disciplines has delayed a proper appreciation of Early Byzantine coins as historical source and the development of a clear methodology for their use in conjunction with the literary and archaeological evidence. In order to overcome such disciplinary divides, this paper proposes several research directions by highlighting the main benefits of integrating the numismatic evidence more fully into the historical narrative. These research directions include a greater emphasis on bronze coinage, the study of the long-distance circulation of people and goods, and distinctions between urban, rural, and fortified contexts. This methodological discussion is followed by a case study from Byzantium’s Lower Danube frontier.

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Published Online: 2018-03-21

Published in Print: 2018-02-01

Citation Information: Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Volume 111, Issue 1, Pages 103–134, ISSN (Online) 1868-9027, ISSN (Print) 0007-7704, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bz-2018-0005.

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