AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School is an intensive two-week summer school offering a broad chronological survey of monetary history and numismatics from Ancient to Byzantine periods (c. 650 BC – AD 1453). It is taught by Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED and Dr. Peter van Alfen of the American Numismatic Society. The program, designed for newcomers to numismatics, will give students an introduction to Greek, Roman and Byzantine numismatics. It also aims to give them the tools to apply numismatics to their studies in the fields of archaeology, history and art history.
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin, Koç University AKMED and Dr. Peter van Alfen, American Numismatic Society
The program will cover the basics of numismatics as well as offer an introduction to the rich contribution of numismatics to the economic and monetary history of the Ancient and Byzantine worlds. Combining lectures and thematic explorations, the program will include guided visits to the numismatic cabinet and coin exhibition of the Antalya Museum. Students will have the opportunity to visit major archaeological sites in the region of Antalya such as Perge, Aspendos, Side, Termessos. They will also learn how numismatists and archaeologists process excavated coins.
The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Koç University, other universities in Türkiye and abroad as well as to some non-student applicants. Priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students. A number of full and half scholarships will be provided for qualified students.
Since the language of the program is English, a working knowledge of English is required.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes as well as visits to the museums and excavation sites. Reading, summarizing and discussing the articles from the reading list is another required component of the course.
Students who would like to gain credit for the program must successfully pass the quiz and final examination. They must also submit a paper (between 3000-5000 words) after the completion of the program. These requirements are not binding for other participants.
After the participants are selected, they will receive a course package with a list of select articles and texts about numismatics. The package will also include a list of important numismatic websites with catalogues and materials available online.
This program not only inspires students to spend their summer holiday intensively on numismatics, but also allows them to gain credit as well. If requested, students may gain three (3) credits from Koç University, which are equivalent to 6 ECTS credits. They will also receive a certificate of participation at the end of the course.
Please note that prior to enrollment, participants should check whether there is a credit transfer agreement between Koç University and their respective university. If not, they need to consult their Dean’s Office regarding the possible transfer of credit.
A limited number of full scholarships are available for highly qualified participants. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material, a welcome dinner, and a flight ticket up to 1500 TL. Please note that flight tickets must be purchased by participants, and the ticket cost will be reimbursed by AKMED up to 1500 TL.
Other participants may be offered a half scholarship that includes tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material and a welcome dinner.
IMPORTANT: International students will be responsible for the following expenses: Health and travel insurance as well as their visa costs. Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.
Non-student applicants must pay a program fee of 3400 TL. They are also responsible for purchasing their own flight tickets to Antalya.
Please complete the online application form and send the additional required documents by scanning to email@example.com on the day of submission.
27 April 2019
April 27 Deadline of applications
May 3 Selected applicants will be announced
June 3 Welcome packages sent out to the participants
July 7 Arrival of the participants in Antalya and check-in
July 8 Orientation at AKMED and the beginning of the program
Oğuz Tekin is a professor of Archaeology and History of Art at Koc University and is also the Director of Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations. He specializes in ancient numismatics and commercial weights. He is also the editor of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Türkiye and the Corpus Ponderum Antiquorum et Islamicorum projects. In the frameworks of these two major projects, Prof. Tekin publishes the coins and weights collections of the museums in Türkiye. He deals also with the monetary history, ancient economy and markets of the cities of Asia Minor from the Archaic period to the end of Roman Imperial period.
Peter van Alfen is an economic historian with wide ranging interests, who works on problems of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern monetary, fiscal and trade systems spanning the Late Bronze Age to the early Byzantine period. He has published on a variety of topics including Mycenaean administration, Athenian public finance and coinage, market regulations, Arabian monetization, and Late Roman amphoras. As Curator of Ancient Greek Coins at the American Numismatic Society (ANS) in New York City, Dr. van Alfen’s recent projects include studies of archaic coinages and those in the name of Alexander the Great. Dr. van Alfen is also director of the ANS’s Summer Graduate Seminar in Numismatics and is an Adjunct Professor in the Classics Department at New York University.