Coin of John I Tzimiskes (r. 969–976 CE), mint of Constantinople. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore (1918.104.22.1684)
Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Memorial Lecture by Eurydice Georganteli, Harvard University Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture
When the Roman Empire’s capital moved from Rome to Constantinople in 330 CE, Europe’s political and economic center shifted. The coinage produced in the new imperial capital, and in cities across what was to become the Byzantine Empire, deﬁned the society, politics, economic practices, and art of medieval Europe and beyond. This lecture, drawn from Harvard’s outstanding collections of coins and seals, explores Byzantine money as one of the most enduring world currencies.