Roman coin hoards within and outside the Roman Empire have rarely been studied together. Doing so provides one way to test economic modelling within the Empire. For example, Hopkins’ important model of the Roman economy emphasizes the role of taxation in the movement of coinage. If that role was significant it ought to be possible to see from coin circulation where the Empire (or its effective taxation) ended. Also, the prevalence of recorded hoards on the frontier and their relative scarcity in central regions seem to speak to models of core and periphery. Frontier economies have themselves recently been the focus of study (OXREP conference: Frontier Economies in the Roman Empire). Can patterns of hoarding be used to characterise them? To what extent does the spread of Roman coinage beyond the ‘frontiers’ challenge a restricted definition of the Empire itself? How do patterns of coin hoarding within the Empire help us to interpret export and hoarding beyond the frontiers? For ancient writers the use of coin was characteristic of the Roman Empire but what can be said about the use of coin outside the Empire? To what extent can our knowledge of movement of coin outside the Empire be supplemented by proxies (imitations, bracteates, metallurgy)? Does a consideration of hoarding in later periods shed light on earlier practice?
This conference is organised by the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire project (https://chre.ashmus.ox.ac.uk) and has been generously funded by the Augustus Foundation.
The intention is to publish the proceedings as a volume of Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy.
It is a hybrid event taking place in All Souls College, Oxford, with most speakers and chairs attending in person, together with a small number of auditors.
A programme with abstracts of the papers will be sent to all attendees before the conference.