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Ruth Pliego

University of Seville
'Pocket Money'. The Circulation of the Minimi in the Mediterranean Sea in the Early Middle Age
01 October 2017 - 30 June 2018

Ruth Pliego holds a PhD from the University of Seville and is member of a research group of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, collaborating in a teaching program for MA studies. Her main research focus is on Numismatics in  its broadest sense, covering  its economic, cultural and political aspects. She has published an extensive and comprehensive corpus, La moneda visigoda (2 vols., Seville, 2009) and a large number of articles. Besides this she has participated in research projects at École des Hautes Études hispaniques et ibériques and Universities of Seville and Malaga. Currently she is also cooperating in a project based at Princeton University having been a Visiting Fellow in their Classics Department and granted an award by the Firestone Library. For several years, Ruth also worked for the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage and is presently participating in the “Tomares Hoard Project”, a long term project of the Archaeological Museum of Seville.

Research interests:

Domestic monetary economy, in particular that of the Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period in the Mediterranean basin; the coins of the Migration period and the later Germanic kingdoms; the ancient coins found in the Iberian Peninsula in particular the Pre-Barcids Carthaginian Coinage; the digital humanities applied to the numismatics item; the management of the numismatic collection kept in Museums and other institutions.

'Pocket Money'. The Circulation of the Minimi in the Mediterranean Sea in the Early Middle Age

The Early Middle Age is one of the least known and most interesting historical periods, being crucial in the formation of Europe. In addition to the scarce and fragmentary literary resources, the period may be studied through the examination of an important form of primary evidence: the coins. Apart from the high-quality emissions in precious metals, the numismatic repertoire also includes small and humble pieces that are still important sources of information about the economy of the less wealthy sections of society. This is the case of the bronze emissions, the circulation of which throughout the Mediterranean indicates that they played an essential role in the economic life of the period.

Our project aims to analyse bronze coins struck in the Iberian Peninsula during the 6th-7th centuries AD, in order to determine their function, identify the social groups that used them and establish their range of circulation, as well as to establish their relationship with the nummi issued by other nations along the Mediterranean shores, essentially Vandals, Ostrogoths and Byzantines. On the other hand, we hope that the material will shed some light on the problematic issue of the opposition between urban and rural society.

The project will result in the publication of a monograph and an online catalogue, which will be, and is conceived as the first step in a more ambitious project which includes all the groups that formed the cultural mosaic of the so-called Migration Period.

Conference organized by R. Pliego (University of Seville, Paris IAS 2017-2018) and M. Bompaire (EPHE | PSL), with the support of the Paris IAS and the SAPRAT Laboratory
11 Dec 2018 15:00 -
12 Dec 2018 18:00,
Paris :
Different Metals, Different Needs?
08 Jun 2018 14:00 -
08 Jun 2018 16:00,
Paris :
‘L'argent de Poche’ dans le contexte méditerranéen au cours de haut Moyen Âge : le projet numismatique
Ruth Pliego presents her research project within the framework of the weekly internal seminar
22 May 2018 11:00 -
22 May 2018 13:00,
Paris :
'Pocket Money'. The Circulation of the Minimi in the Mediterranean Sea in the Early Middle Age
Lecture by R. Pliego, 2017-2018 Paris IAS fellow
05 May 2018 12:40 -
05 May 2018 13:00,
Valence, Espagne :
Barbarian coinage: the online corpus of the Visigoths
Talk by R. Pliego, 2017-2018 Paris IAS fellow
15 Mar 2018 11:00 -
15 Mar 2018 13:00,
Paris :
Les monnaies des derniers rois wisigoths
02 Feb 2018 18:00 -
02 Feb 2018 19:30,
Paris :
Monnaies et identité dans haut Moyen Âge : le cas des Wisigoths
25 Nov 2017 15:20 -
25 Nov 2017 16:00,
Oxford :
Tracing the identity of the Germanic people through their coins: the case of the Visigoths

Middle ages
Western Europe