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Tokens and their Cultural Biography in Athens from the Classical Age to the End of Antiquity

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Project "TokAthe" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
postcode: CV4 8UW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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1    THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK (COVENTRY) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The project ‘Tokens and their Cultural biography in Athens from Classical Age to the End of Antiquity’ provides the first in depth analysis of tokens and the roles they played in the world’s first democracy. Tokens are small, coin like objects made either from metal or clay. They bear images and devices which can intrigue the modern day researcher with their complexity and originality. The inscriptions they carry - most often abbreviated references to little known Athenian institutions and practices - are quite as intriguing. A primary objective of the project is to reach a universally accepted definition for Athenian tokens and to provide scholarship with the first synthesis of this material. The project will also explore the roles played by tokens in two major sectors of Athenian democracy: the Assembly and the Jury Courts. Tokens are the material manifestations of practices and institutions that enabled the solidarity and cohesion of the citizen body, safeguarded legal and political equality, and were key parts in transcending knowledge and expertise. Primary research on the tokens themselves, material which is abundant but under examined and most often mislabeled, as well as library research, will chart the images on Athenian tokens by discerning categories, types and subtypes. Plotting the tokens against their find spots - most notably the sites where the affairs of the world's first democracy were run - will visualize the remarkable social and political network enabled by tokens. Tokens are unassuming objects that support community and participation in civic life, providing a model for the challenges of the modern day.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Quinn DuPont, Olga Dakoura-Vogiatzouglou, John H. Kroll, Clare Rowan
Workshop: Tokens. The Athenian Legacy to Modern World.Four of the lectures presented at the Workshop at the British School at Athens, 16-17 December 2019.
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Bodossaki Lectures on Demand. 2020-04-25
2021 Mairi Gkikaki
Symbola: Athenian Tokens from Classical to Roman Times
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Liverpool Studies in Ancient History 2020-04-25
2021 Mairi Gkikaki
The Council of Five Hundred and Symbola in Classical Athens
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Tokens of Athens. Workshop held at the BSA, 16th-17th December 2019 2020-04-25
2019 Quinn Dupont, Mairi Gkikaki, John H. Kroll, Clare Rowan
Tokens: The Athenian Legacy to Modern WorldWorkshop at the British School at Athens, 16th-17th December 2019
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2019 Mairi Gkikaki
The Athenian tokens from the Collection of the Athenian Agora, the Gottingen University, the Alpha Bank Collectionuploaded in the Nomisma Database: \'Token Specimens in the Ancient Mediterranean\'
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2019 Mairi Gkikaki
Countermarks on Athenian Tokens
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\'Coins at Warwick\' Blog, \'Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean\' Blog 2020-04-25
2018 Mairi Gkikaki
Tokens and Festivals in Athens from the Late Classical Age to the Herulian Destruction (268 AD)
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Tokens, Value and Identity: Exploring monetiform objects in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Workshop at the British Schoo at Rome. 2020-04-25
2019 Mairi Gkikaki
Online Exhibition: Tokens in Athens.
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