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Byzantine Empire, Michael VII Doukas, 1071-1078, AV Histamenon Nomisma, Class II.
Michael was born c.1050, the eldest son of Constantine X and his wife Eudokia. He should have gained the throne on his father's death in 1067, but showed little interest in politics and his mother and her new husband Romanos IV took control of the state. When Romanos was captured by the Seljuks in 1071, Michael was raised to the throne by his uncle John Doukas assisted by his tutor, whist his mother was packed off to a monastery. As an emperor Michael proved disastrous. Militarily incapable, he allowed the empire to lose Bari, its last stronghold in Italy, to the Normans, areas of Anatolia to the Seljuk Turks, and was faced with an attempt by the Bulgarians to resurrect their former state in the Balkans. Financially he was equally incompetent, and his devaluation of the currency led him to be awarded the nickname Parapinakes (minus a quarter). He was finally removed by revolts of his army commanders in both the Balkans and Anatolia, and allowed to retire to a monastery. He later became Metropolitan of Ephesus, and died c.1090.
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Michaelmas Term 2018


2nd week ~ Tuesday 16 October 2018

'Where did all the Coinage go? The absence of civic coins in 3rd-century BC Asia Minor.'
Andrew Meadows, Professor in Ancient History, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, New College, University of Oxford.

Outreach Room, Ioannou (Classics) Centre, 66 St. Giles', Oxford. 5pm.


4th week ~ Tuesday 30 October 2018

'The Cult of Dionysos on Lesbos'.
Dr. Aneurin Ellis-Evans, Lecturer in Ancient History, Brasenose College and St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Outreach Room, Ioannou (Classics) Centre, 66 St. Giles', Oxford. 5pm.


6th week ~ Tuesday 13 November 2018


Outreach Room, Ioannou (Classics) Centre, 66 St. Giles', Oxford. 5pm.


8th week ~ Tuesday 27 November 2018

Coin Handling Session.

Details to follow.

Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 2.15pm.


Watch this space for further details of meetings this term.


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The Michael Gietzelt of British & Irish Milled Coins, Wednesday 14 November starting at 10:00.
Jewellery, Watches, and Objects of Vertu, Thursday 29 November starting at 14:00.

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