Katerina Panagopoulou (University of Crete, Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies)

Respondent: Nathan Arrington, Art and Archaeology

An analysis of monetary conventions in Northern Greece before Alexander the Great reveals three, contemporary yet distinct, monetary systems, in which poleis, koina, kings and ethne participated: the Milesian, the ‘Thrakomakedonian,’ and the Persian. I will employ Social Network Analysis theory, in order to examine the respective monetary networks’ development in conjunction with the region’s economic and political features. I will then show how critical Philip II and Alexander III’s initiative to integrate this region gradually into the Attic monetary system was in reshaping local markets and ultimately in assimilating this ‘multiple-mode’ Northern Greek monetary network into the new, nearly ‘globalised,’ Hellenistic economic market.

Katerina Panagopoulou is Assistant Professor in Ancient History at the University of Crete. Her research interests encompass ancient numismatics, the economic behaviour of precious metals (primarily silver and gold) in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, demography, politics and economy in Hellenistic and Roman Macedonia, Social Network Analysis and economic history, social history of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Her monograph The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money and the Economy is under publication by the American Numismatic Society (New York). Her publications include: I.Malkin, C. Constantakopoulou, K. Panagopoulou, Greek and Roman Networks in the Mediterranean (London: Routledge, 2009).