American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Gilles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins

Gilles Bransbourg studied Economics, Mathematics and Statistics in Paris at Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique from 1983 to 1990. Initially a market economist, he then held various executive positions in the banking sector in Europe and Asia while teaching Economics at Sciences Po. In 2005, Bransbourg decided to focus on his true lifelong passion for History (he had won the French nationwide Concours Général award in History at the age of 17 in 1982), by completing a PhD, summa cum laude, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris with Jean-Michel Carrié from 2005 until 2010, The dissertation, Fiscalité et enjeux de pouvoir dans le monde romain is available at the Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses, as well as the ANS's Digital Library.

He joined the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in 2009 first as a Visiting Research Scholar and then Research Associate from 2011 onward, and moved to the American Numismatic Society in 2011 as an Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins, in order to handle and research Roman collections and manage the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project, awarded a majar grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in March 2014.

His main academic axis of researh relates to the monetary and fiscal history of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world, with the more general frame of a Political Economic-based comparative project that links with the modern and contemporary World.

Among his recently published works are “Currency Debasement and Debt Management at the Time of the Second Punic War”, in P. van Alfen, G. Bransbourg and M. Amandry (eds.), FIDES, Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke, American Numismatic Society, 2015; “The Later Roman Empire”, in A. Monson and W. Scheidel (eds.), Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Pre-modern States, Cambridge University Press, 2015, “Les taux d'intérêt flottants des Sulpicii”, in C. Apicela, M. -L. Haack and F. Lerouxel (eds.), Les affaires de Monsieur Andreau, économie et société du monde romain, Editions Ausonius, 2014, “Les états de l’inflation”, Revue Numismatique 170, 2013, “Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire”, ISAW Paper 2012, “Fides et Pecunia Numarata” parts 1 and 2, American Journal of Numismatics 23 and 25 (2013 and 2011), “What Ancient Rome Could Teach About the Euro’s Flaws”, Newsweek (2011); “Julien, l'immunitas Christi, les dieux et les cités” and “Fiscalité impériale et finances municipales au IVè siècle”, in Antiquité Tardive 17 and 16 (2009 and 2008); La Politique de Change de l’Euro, with Michel Didier, Agnes Benassy-Quere and Alain Henriot, La Documentation Francaise, 2008.

Selected recent talks include “The Inhibited Rise of Inequality in Egypt during Late Antiquity” at the Istituto Italiano per la Storia Antica (Rome), “The Constantian Monetary Revolution” at Money Rules! The Monetary Economy of Egypt, from Persians until the Beginning of Islam, a joint symposium by the IFAO, CNRS, Orleans University and IRAMAT (Orleans), “Reddite quae sunt Caesaris, Caesari. Late Antiquity and the Dream of Fair Taxation” at the XXIInd International Committee of Historical Sciences Congress (Jinan), “The Currency Rates of the Roman Republic” at the XVth International Numismatic Congress (Taormina), “Inflation and Commodity-based coinages in the Later Roman Empire” at the146th Joint Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America (New Orleans), “Taxation and the Clash of Powers, War and Peace among the Elites of the Late Roman World”, International Late Antiquity Network, Property and Power in Late Antiquity (New York), “The Management of a Subprime Loan in Ancient Rome”, 2013-2014 Columbia University Classics Colloquium, Currency and Inflation: the History of a Symbiosis, The Committee for Monetary Research and Education (New York).

He is a member of the Society for Classical Studies, the Société des Professeurs d'Histoire Ancienne de l'Université, the Société Française de Numismatique, the Editorial Committee of the American Journal of Numismatics, the Scientific Committee of OMNI Revue Numismatique and the French American Cultural Exchange Dual Language Program Advisory Committee. He teaches for the Executive Master of Finance at SciencesPo.

He was awarded a knighthood in the French Order of the Academic Palms in July 2014, received a Numismatic Literary Guild award for “Signs of Inflation”, American Numismatic Magazine, in September 2013 and curated the exhibition Signs of Inflation at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York between March and September 2012.