Diadumenian Denarius obvDiadumenian Denarius rev

Rome, Diadumenian Caesar, 217-8, AR Denarius.
When Caracalla was assassinated Macrinus, the Praetorian Prefect, declared himself Augustus, and made his 8-year old son Diadumenian Caesar, and gave him the name Antoninus to indicate continuity with the Severan dynasty. Macrinus was of equestrian descent and all previous emperors had been from the senatorial class. This was resented. Caracalla's aunt Julia Maesa engineered a revolt in order to have her 14 year old grandson Bassianus made emperor. Macrinus was defeated at the battle of Antioch in 218 and Bassianus became the emperor Elagabalus. Macrinus sent Diadumenian with some trusted retainers to seek the protection of the last Parthian emperor Artabanus, but he was captured at Zeugma and beheaded. His head was sent to Elagabalus who kept it as a trophy.
Photos © Angela Grant 2020.


Termcard and events

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Our meetings generally take place in the Ioannou (Classics) Centre, 66 St. Giles'. The entrance is just next to the rear entrance to the Ashmolean and Taylorian. To sign up to our mailing list, please contact our Secretary via email - details can be found on the "About us" page. Meetings are usually at 5pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays of even weeks through term, though this can vary as may be indicated below.

Details of past meetings may be found here.


Michaelmas Term 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, it will be necessary to postpone all physical OUNS events until such a time as normal activities can safely be resumed. Details of digital events will be posted here and distributed by email as and when they become available. We apologise for any disappointment caused and look forward to continuing our physical meetings when this emergency has come to an end. Until then, the Committee expresses its thanks for your understanding and wishes good health to our members and their families.

The following talks will take place over Microsoft Teams and will be followed by a discussion. If you are interested in attending any of our talks, join our mailing list by emailing
daniel [dot] etches [at] new [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
to receive meeting invitations and further details.


2nd week ~ Tuesday 20 October

'Greek and Roman Provincial Coins of Aprodisias'
Dr. Volker Heuchert (Ashmolean Museum)

Microsoft Teams. 5pm.

The talk discusses the coinage of the Carian city of Aphrodisias from the late Hellenistic period to the middle of the third century A.D. It will also cover relevant numismatic publications, provide background information about Aphrodisias and discuss the representation of the city's coinage within the collection of the Heberden Coin Room of the Ashmolean Museum.


4th week ~ Tuesday 3 November

'The Watlington Hoard: Coin Reform under Alfred the Great in the late 870s'
Dr. John Naylor (Ashmolean Museum)

Microsoft Teams. 5pm.


6th week ~ Tuesday 17 November

'Riches in the Ground. How did Ancient Greeks hide their wealth?'
Dr. Frédérique Duyrat (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

Microsoft Teams. 5pm.


8th week ~ Tuesday 1 December

'Coinage and the Trading Worlds of the Indian Ocean – an Overview'
Dr. Shailendra Bhandare (Ashmolean Museum / St. Cross College, Oxford)

Microsoft Teams. 5pm.

The Indian Ocean with its conduits for trade and commerce has been an important maritime space for connections between ‘East’ and ‘West’. Ever since the ‘discovery’ of the monsoon winds, the Eastern Mediterranean World, the Arabian Peninsula, the East African Coast and the Persian littoral have been in contact with the Indian subcontinent and beyond through these linkages. Coins prove an important marker for many aspects of these trading networks. Much of the discourse around Indian Ocean networks however is compartmentalised into subsets of chronologies, often labelled by the constituent players like ‘Roman Trade’, ‘Arab Trade’, ‘European Mercantile Trade’, etc. The talk will attempt to reverse this, presenting through coins, how these networks have an enduring circulation for over two millennia. We would begin our numismatic journey in the first century CE with ‘Periplus’ and end in the 19th century with the Indian Rupee becoming a ‘global trade currency’ in the Indian Ocean.


Watch this space for further details of meetings this term.


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Next sales:
British, Irish, and World Banknotes, Wednesday 28 October 2020 starting at 10:00
Coins and Historical Medals, Tuesday 3 November 2020 starting at 10:00
The Collection of British Tokens formed by John Rose, Tuesday 17 November 2020 starting at 10:00

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