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Prof. Andrew Meadows
MA Michigan, MA DPhil Oxf


Professor in Ancient History, Faculty of Classics
Tutorial Fellow, New College


New College


Prof. Andrew Meadows


After reading Mods and Greats at Trinity College, I spent two years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor obtaining an MA in Classical Philology. I then returned to Oxford to study for a DPhil. in Ancient History. While working on that I was appointed Curator of Greek and Roman Coins at the British Museum, a post I held for 12 years before moving again to the United States to take up first a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and ultimately the Deputy-Directorship of the American Numismatic Society in New York City. In the numismatic field I am editor of the American Journal of Numismatics, a past-editor of Coin Hoards, Co-director of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire project and am currently international Director of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum project. I am also the co-founder of the namespace, and am particularly interested in the application of Linked Open Data approaches to the publication of all forms of evidence for the ancient world.

Research Keywords:

Greek History; Epigraphy; Numismatics

Research Interests:

My research interests lie firmly in the Hellenistic period, and I am especially interested in discovering new ways to explore this world through the synthesis of the full range of available evidence: literary, epigraphic and numismatic. I am currently completing a book that attempts to write the history of an ancient city principally from numismatic and epigraphic evidence. Other recent work has focussed in particular on the monetary structures and instruments created by the Hellenistic Kingdoms. My next major project will be a history of the rise, decline and fall of the Ptolemaic Empire.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  A-Meadows-Publications-July2014.pdf

Selected Publications:

'The Spread of coins in the Hellenistic World', in The Political Economy of Monetary Innovation, R. Vaubel, H. Gersbach and P. Bernholz (eds.), (Berlin/New York: Springer 2014), 169-194.

'The Closed Currency System of the Attalid Kingdom', in Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations and the State, P. Thonemann (ed.), (Oxford 2013), 149-205.

'The Ptolemaic Administration of Pamphylia', Co-author: P. Thonemann, ZPE, (2013), 223-226.

'The Ptolemaic League of Islanders', in Ptolemaic Waterways , K. Buraselis, M. Stefanou and D.J. Thompson (eds.), (Cambridge 2013), 19-38.

'Two 'Double' Dedications at Ephesus and the Beginning of Ptolemaic Control of Ionia', Gephyra, Vol: 10, (2013), 1-12.