Lucia Carbone joined the ANS Curatorial Team as the Edlow Family Assistant Curator for Ancient Coins in September 2016. Earlier this year, she received a PhD in Classical Studies from Columbia University, with a dissertation focusing on the impact of Roman imperialism on the monetary and administrative systems of the province of Asia between the 2nd century BC and the end of the 1st century AD. The originality of her research lies in her quantitative approach to the study of the progressive ‘Romanization’ of the Asian monetary system, as well as her integrated use of numismatic and epigraphic sources to shed new light on the interaction between local elites and centralized Roman power. Lucia’s other research interests include Hellenistic economic and social history, Greek and Roman Epigraphy and Late Hellenistic Numismatics.
An alumna of the 2012 ANS Summer Seminar, she inherited from the late Rick Witschonke a passion for cistophori. Lucia is currently cataloging the over 3,700 coins that Rick bequeathed to the ANS, a unique collection that will offer great insight into the complexities of Roman monetary and economic policy in the Mediterranean from the 2nd century BC on. The preliminary cataloguing of the collection has already been done, also thanks to the fantastic work of interns such as Douglas Wong and Emma Pratte. This cataloging work will lead to the publication of a comprehensive catalogue by the end of 2017.
As part of her research on the RBW collection, Lucia is also preparing a die study of the late cistophori of Tralles, which will help to quantify the economic effects of Sulla’s harsh economic measures on the Asian cities. The partial results of this study will be presented in January 2017 at the AIA-SCS Annual meeting in the course of the ANS panel “Sovereignty and Money’, which she organized together with Irene Soto, another alumna of the ANS Summer Seminar.
Lucia has published on the difference between Roman and Greek ideas of sovereignty in the Provincia Asia and on Roman provincial control over the issue of silver civic coinage in Asia in the 1st century BC. She has four more articles currently under review. This year she presented at international conferences in Europe and in the US on topics focusing on the changes caused by the Roman conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Republic, ranging from Mark Antony’s fleet coinage to the epigraphic presence of Roman currencies in the province of Asia.
Before coming to ANS, she taught Latin, Greek and Roman history and Contemporary Civilization both at college and high school levels. Lucia is also a Fellow of the Academy of Teachers, an organization devoted to foster and honor didactic excellence among high school teachers.