Integration and ancient coins

In 2021, Tübingen-based coin researcher Stefan Krmnicek began publishing texts on ancient coins in tuenews INTERNATIONAL. Since then, nine articles have appeared in German, English, Arabic, Persian and some in Ukrainian. The translations and journalistic support were provided by the tuenews INTERNATIONAL editorial team. Four articles published in Arabic alone in 2021 attracted a strikingly high level of attention with around 74,000 views and the Persian versions with around 50,000 views. The article on a tetradrachm of Antiochus I from Seleucia on the Tigris emerged as the frontrunner. Perhaps its popularity is linked to a love story from antiquity depicted in it. Coins, in their materiality and surface design, seem to provide access to the life worlds of ancient people, whose human quality still touches us today. Time and again, the places and circumstances that the coins bring to light have become focal points of current migration events. In 2021, for example, lead author Stefan Krmnicek focussed on a coin from Gaza City or, also in 2021, one from Afghanistan.

Voderseite einer der vorgestellten Münzen: Gestaffelte Büsten der Kleopatra Thea, drapiert, mit Stephane, Diadem, Schleier und Ohrring, und des Antiochos VIII. mit Diadem. Foto: Stefan Krmnicek, Universität Tübingen.

The series of articles on integration and ancient coins is an excellent example of the cooperation between tuenews INTERNATIONAL and the University of Tübingen, where Professor Stefan Krmnicek teaches at the Institute of Classical Archaeology as a private lecturer and whose Numismatic Centre and Collection he heads.


Rückseite einer der vorgestellten Münzen: Zeus sitzend mit Zepter in der linken Hand und kranztragender Nike in seiner ausgestreckten rechten Hand. Foto: Stefan Krmnicek, Universität Tübingen.







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