I am a specialist in the history, numismatics and epigraphy of the Hellenistic world.
From 1995-2007 I was Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum, in 2007 I was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in the same year became the Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins at the American Numismatic Society, New York. From 2008-2014 I was Deputy Director of the Society. In 2014 I moved to New College, Oxford to take up the Tutorial Fellowship in Ancient History. In October of 2014 I was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Numismatic Society and in July 2015 and was appointed to an Honorary Curatorship at the Ashmolean Museum.
From 2002-2005 I served as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Numismatic Society. From 1998-2006 I was Secretary of the British Academy’s Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Committee, and in 2013 was appointed Director of the international SNG project.In 2012 I held the Kraay Visitorship at Wolfson College and a Robinson Visiting Scholarship at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In 2014/5 I was the Archaeological Institute of America's Metcalf Lecturer. In 2015 I was elected to the Committee of the International Numismatic Council.
I was co-curator of the HSBC Money Gallery at the British Museum and have curated and contributed to a number of temporary exhibitions, including Earlier Monetary Unions, From Alexander to Mark Antony: Images of Power on Ancient Coins and Brief Lives. The Changing Currencies of Western Europe (at the British Museum), History Re-stored: Ancient Greek Coins from the Zhuyuetang Collection (at the Hong Kong Museum of History), and the traveling exhibitions Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth and Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia.
I have written and edited more than 100 books and articles, including three volumes in the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series and Coin Hoards IX and X. I am Series Editor of the joint ANS-Cambridge University Press Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World and a past editor of the American Journal of Numismatics. I am currently writing a book about the city of Alabanda in Caria.
I am also working with the Institut Européen d'Archéologie Sous-Marine and the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology on the publication of material from the excavations at Herakleion, East Canopus and Alexandria in Egypt (http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/ocma.html), and have collaborated with the joint ISAW/Pavia excavations at Kinik Höyük in Turkey (http://www.kinikhoyuk.org/).
Civic countermarks on the silver coinage of Asia Minor in the 2nd century BC
Second International Congress on the History of Money and Numismatics in the Mediterranean World
Alexander the Great. A Linked Open World
Coinage is the only form of evidence to survive from Alexander’s lifetime in large quantities. It has much to tell us about the nature of his empire. And it has also had a profound influence on the reception of Alexander as a political and economic actor in more modern times. Yet that evidence is fragile and its transnational nature means that it is not assured the protection afforded to archaeological heritage that is more easily seen as national. This book explores how new developments in the world of Linked Open Data can help to draw together this huge resource, and exploit it to understand not just Alexander and his Empire, but also our communal heritage.
Numismatics, Alexander the Great, transnational heritage, coin circulation, semantic web, Linked open data, looting of cultural heritage, metal analysis, classical reception
The coinage of Arsinoe-Methana
Obolos 10. La monnaie dans le Péloponnèse: production, iconographie, circulation, histoire, de l'antiqué à l'époque moderne: actes de la sixième rencontre scientifique des Amis du Musée numismatique, Argos, 26-29 mai 2011
This paper presents a die-study of the bronze coinage of Arsinoe-Methana in the Argolid, issued under both names of the city. The chronology of the issues is re-examined and on the basis of hoard evidence it is suggested that the issues of Methana must postdate those of Arsinoe, rather than vice versa. As a result it emerges that Methana issued no coinage before the establishment of the Ptolemaic base on the peninsula. Furthermore, all evidence disappears for the existence of an independent city before the creation of the Ptolemaic foundation.
The Great Transformation. Civic Coin Design in the Second Century BC
Greek and Roman Coins Seen Through Their Images
Noble Issuers, Humble Users?
Proceedings of the International Conference Organized by the Belgian
and French Schools at Athens, 26-28 September 2012
In this paper I suggest that there was a paradigm shift in Greek coinage in the second century BC. In contrast to Rome at the same time, this did not manifest itself in the form of the iconographic preoccupations of individuals or families, but rather in a new view of communal identity, which may be witnessed in other aspects of civic behaviour in the same period.
A Hoard from the Wars of the Diadochi in the ‘Kamun Cave’, Western Galilee