Princeton University IUDC courses Spring 2014


CLA 548 /HLS 548 /PAW 548  

The Transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages: The Numismatic Evidence
Professor: Alan M. Stahl, Curator of Numismatics
TR: 9 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Firestone Library 1-8-H

Coin evidence provides a unique view of the transition from the height of the Roman and Parthian Empires in the first centuries CE through the development of distinctly Latin, Byzantine, and Islamic zones by the end of the eighth century. Attention will be given to cases where the numismatic evidence of change and identity varies from that supplied by written, archaeological, and other visual sources. The coin finds from Princeton’s Antioch excavations will supply a test case for this transition and a point of comparison for other sites. The course will be open to undergraduate and graduate students; no previous numismatic training is expected.


  •  Bryan Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization
  •  Chris Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages