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Ryan Horne
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2020

Understanding Ancient Economic and Social Networks Based on Evidence from Aeolian Coins

Preparation of a digital publication that analyzes coins from Aeolia to investigate ancient Greek economy, politics, and society during the Hellenistic period (ca. 350-31 BCE).

My project, Economic, Material, and Social Networks in Antiquity: Aeolian Alexanders, uses social network analysis (SNA) and geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze the understudied region of ancient Aeolis in western Turkey, and reimagines traditional die studies as digital publications which illustrate economic and social networks in geographic space. I am applying to the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication to complete the first born-digital die study using modern techniques, and to publish the results as a publicly accessible web-application. Focusing on coinage in the name of Alexander the Great from the mints of Kyme, Myrina, and Temnos in Hellenistic Turkey, the project expands the traditional bounds of die studies by theorizing die linkages, coin circulation patterns, and hoard data as networks of material and social interaction, which are geographically contextualized through the use of GIS tools.