An economic historian with wide ranging interests, Peter van Alfen works on problems of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern monetary, fiscal and trade systems spanning the Late Bronze Age to the early Byzantine period. He has published on a variety of topics including Mycenaean administration, Athenian public finance and coinage, market regulations, Arabian monetization, and Late Roman amphoras. His interests also extend to European and US medallic art of the 15th–21st centuries. While overseeing this portion of the ANS collection, he has curated exhibitions and published on medals relating to the Olympics, World Fairs, Ophthalmology, Optics, and the First World War.
His current projects include PELLA, an online resource devoted to the coinage of the Argead kings of Macedonia, Art of Devastation, an online resource of First World War medallic art, and a book on the political economy of archaic Greek coinage.
As director of the Society's Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar, Dr. van Alfen welcomes those interested in learning more about this intensive eight-week introductory course to contact him directly.
His recent awards include Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Harvard University).
For PDFs of selected articles and chapters see this page.
Co-author with Jay Galst. 2013. Ophthalmologia in Nummis. Hirschberg History of Ophthalmology, Supplement XIIIa-b. J.P. Wayenborgh Verlag and American Numismatic Society.
Editor. 2006. Agoranomia: studies in money and exchange presented to John H. Kroll (New York: American Numismatic Society).
Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review:http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2007/2007-12-04.html; Mouseion2007, vol. 7.2: 174–178.
Author. 2004. A simple souvenir: coins and medals of the Olympic games (New York: American Numismatic Society).
Reviews: Olympika 13 (2004): 99–102; Greece & Rome (2005) 53.01: 14.
Award: Numismatic Literary Guild, 2005.