Ancient coin legends: composition, design, lexicography, and framing potential

CfP: Ancient coin legends: composition, design, lexicography, and framing potential, Munich, Residenz München, 26–28 June 2025

Veranstalter
Dr. Elisabeth Günther, Institute for Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Archaeology, University of Heidelberg; Dr. Hongxia Zhang / Prof. Dr. Sven Günther, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China (Residenz München)
Ausrichter
Residenz München
PLZ
80333
Ort
München
Land
Deutschland
Findet statt
Hybrid
Vom - Bis
26.06.2025 - 28.06.2025
Deadline
31.10.2024
Von
Sven Günther, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), Northeast Normal University

As essential part of coinage, ancient coin legends have, however, received much less attention than the imagery that has been intensively studied by numismatists, historians, archaeologists, iconographists, and others. The conference aims to change this imbalance.

CfP: Ancient coin legends: composition, design, lexicography, and framing potential, Munich, Residenz München, 26–28 June 2025

As essential part of coinage, ancient coin legends have, however, received much less attention than the imagery that has been intensively studied by numismatists, historians, archaeologists, iconographists, and others. While legends have been often used for die studies, that is, from a rather technical point of view, or for solving chronological issues as well as analysis of political key messages, they promise to raise new research questions with regard to semantic, aesthetic, and socio-cultural aspects.

Hence, the conference attempts to change this current imbalance in numismatic research by comprehensively examining and contextualizing legends on ancient coins of the wider Mediterranean world. This means that the lexicographical meaning of the legend text as well as its composition, design, and placement on the actual coin type will be focused on. In this regard, the juxtaposition and spatial relationship of legend and imagery and their semantic interdependencies are of special interest, as well as the selection and order of words, their at times apparent ambiguity, or their polyvalency as regards abbreviations.

Based on frames and framing methodology as developed in previous conferences we suppose that coin legends substantially contribute to the “messages” of a respective coin type established as a frame within a complex and dynamic communication process (along with the time) and are thus an inextricable part of the multimodal “medium” with its high framing potential.

We invite papers that approach coin legends from a theoretical-methodological perspective or offer insights through case-studies. In particular, we seek contributions to the panels “coin legends and interdisciplinary studies”, “coin legends in the Greek & Hellenistic world”, or “coin legends during the Roman Republic”. Confirmed participants are (in alphabetical order): Sven Betjes, François de Callataÿ, Andreas Grüner, Fleur Kemmers, Clare Rowan, Ute Wartenberg. Keynote speaker is Stephanie Geise. The conference will be held in hybrid format. It is supported by the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, the Staatliche Münzsammlung München, and the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik. Selected papers are intended to be published in a special issue of the double-blind peer-reviewed Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC). The organizers currently apply for funding for travel and accommodation, yet any financial subsidies can only be confirmed at a later stage of the process.

Kontakt

Abstract submissions shall be sent to: Sven Günther; sveneca@aol.com / svenguenther@nenu.edu.cn