Professor Andrew Meadows

Academic Background

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, and from 2004-6 served as the Museum’s Research Manager. 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 (ANS), 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 and was appointed Professor of Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics. In July 2015 I was appointed to an Honorary Curatorship at the Ashmolean Museum and in October 2019 I became Director of the Faculty’s Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents.

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 (SNG) Committee, and since 2013 I have been 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 am series editor of the ANS-CUP series, Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World and the OUP series Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Research Interests

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 120 books and articles, including three volumes in the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series and Coin Hoards IX and X. I am currently writing a book about the city of Alabanda in Caria.

I am also currently heavily involved in projects that apply Linked Open Data principles to publication of and research in the numismatic and epigraphic fields. I was co-founder and remain a member of the steering committee of the Nomisma project (

Subsequently, I have been PI of a series of projects that have utilized this approach:

Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE):

The Oxford Paris Alexander project (OPAL):

Ancient Coins as Related Cultural Hertitage (ARCH):

CHANGE. The development of the monetary economy of ancient Anatolia, c. 630-30 BC.:

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 (, and have collaborated with the joint ISAW/Pavia excavations at Kinik Höyük in Turkey (

Research Keywords

Greek History; Epigraphy; Numismatics.


Full Publications: Prof Andrew Meadows full list of Publications

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