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Martin Beckmann, Ph.D. (McMaster)

Associate Professor
Email: beckmam@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x23381
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 714

Dr. Beckmann is a classical archaeologist with research interests in Roman sculpture, numismatics and urbanism. He is particularly interested in the process by which ancient artifacts, structures and sites were created, and in what we can learn from this about the meaning and significance of these objects and places.

Current Projects:

The Coinage of Hadrian: Chronology, Iconography and Meaning (SSHRC Insight Grant funded)

Faustina the Younger: Portraits and Public Image

Selected Publications:

(edited with C. Arnold-Biucchi) Sculpture and Coins. Margarete Bieber as Scholar and Collector (Harvard University Press, forthcoming)

DIVA FAUSTINA Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces (The American Numismatic Society, 2012).

The Column of Marcus Aurelius: Genesis and Meaning of an Imperial Monument (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

PhD Classics 2003 McMaster University

MA Classics 1998 McMaster University.

BA Honours Archaeology 1995 Wilfrid Laurier University.

Fellowships:

Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (2012-13, Freiburg)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-06, Heidelberg)

 

Publications

Books:

(forthcoming) Sculpture and Coins. Margarete Bieber as Scholar and Collector. edited with Carmen Arnold-Biucchi. Harvard University Press, Loeb Classical Monographs. Publication January 2017.

2012    DIVA FAUSTINA Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces.  The American Numismatic Society.

2011    The Column of Marcus Aurelius: Genesis and Meaning of an Imperial Monument (University of North Carolina Press).

Contributions to Books:

2015     “The Column of Marcus Aurelius”, Oxford Classical Dictionary.

2014    “The Relationship between Numismatic Portraits and Marble Busts: The Problematic Example of Faustina the Younger,” pp. 39-50 in N. Elkins and S. Krmnicek (eds.) ‘Art in the Round’; New Approaches to Ancient Coin Iconography. Rahden (Leidorf/Tuebingener Archaeologische Forschungen 16).

2012    “The Column of Marcus Aurelius” in Blackwell Companion to Marcus Aurelius, ed. M. van Ackeren, pp. 251-263.

2012    “Trajan and Hadrian” in Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage, ed. W.E. Metcalf, pp. 405-422.

2012    “Rome: Hadrianic and Antonine” in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. L. Stirling.

2010    with P.M.M. Daviau “The Ceramic Lamps from Building 600,” pp. 293-340 in P.M.M. Daviau, Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan, Volume 4, The Early Islamic House. Leiden.

Journal Articles:

(forthcoming) “The Column of Trajan and Mars Ultor,” Journal of Roman Studies, 2016.

(forthcoming) “The Function of the Attribute of Liberalitas and its use in the congiarium,” American Journal of Numismatics, 2015.

2015    “The Bath-Gymnasium Complex at Nysa on the Meander. Survey and Excavation, 2010” Mouseion 12 (2012) 155-174.

“Trajan’s Restored Coinage: Volume, Value and Purpose,” Revue Belge du Numismatique 161 (2015) 311-324.

2011    “Trajan’s Gold Coinage Dated COS V, AD 103-111,” American Journal of Numismatics 23 (2011) 169-188.

2010    “Galleries on Honorary Arches in Rome,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung 116 (331-341).

2009    “Survey and Excavation at Nysa on the Meander, 2009: The Gymnasium Portico and Palaestra,” Mouseion 9.2 (2009) 125-142.

“Intra-Family Die Links in the Antonine Mint at Rome,” The Numismatic Chronicle 2009 (205-211).

“The Significance of Roman Imperial Coin Types,” Klio 91 (162-195).

2008    “Excavations at Nysa on the Meander, 2008: The West Portico of the Gymnasium,” Mouseion 8 (265-279).

2007    “A Bridge in the Campus Martius? The Meaning of pons in Inscription of Adrastus, Procurator of the Column of Marcus Aruelius,” Mouseion 51 (123-130).

“Trajan’s Gold Coinage, AD 112-117,” American Journal of Numismatics 19 (77-130).

2006    “The Direction of Carving on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 112, 225-236.

2005    “The Border of the Frieze of the Column of Marcus Aurelius and its Implications,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 18, 302-312.

2002   “The Columnae Coc(h)lides of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius,” Phoenix 56 (348-357).

2000    “The early gold coinage of Trajan’s 6th consulship,” American Journal of Numismatics 12, 119-156.

1998    “The Pottery,” pp. 503-511 in A.G. Poulter “Field survey at Louloudies: a new late Roman fortification in Peiria,” Annual of the British School at Athens 93, 463-513.