FLAME- Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy


The FLAME (Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy) project involves an international group of scholars investigating the process of change in the economy of the Mediterranean and surrounding regions during the transitional period from antiquity to the early Middle Ages in the Byzantine, Islamic and European spheres and while using coinage as a proxy. It is a project of the Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

The Phases of Research
I – Minting, 325-c.725 CE – basically a review of the all coins produced at Roman and Sassanian mints, with note of issues of denominations and (less completely) types produced.
II – Circulation, 325-725 CE – based on literary sources for the relationship between coin issues and moneys of account, and hoards and site finds for evidence of the geography and chronology of circulation.


To produce comprehensive date on coinage in the period of the transition from the ancient to the medieval world comparable and complementary to that which Chris Wickham assembled for Framing the Early Middle Ages primarily based on documentary and archaeological evidence. Our intention is to work through the technical numismatic issues and be able to present our results in a form that will be of value to historians and others not trained in numismatics.

For more information please visit FLAME