Nicholas Borek M.A.
Raum 5.456 (IG-Farben-Haus, 5. Stock)
Nicholas D. Borek is currently working on a PhD in Numismatics under the supervision of Dr. Fleur Kemmers. The subject of his PhD project is the production and use of coinage in the Western Mediterranean during the Archaic and Classical periods (c.550-300 BCE). He is a member of the research training group “Münzen und die Dynamik der Macht: Der westliche Mittelmeerraum 500-100 v. Chr.” as well as an associate member of “Wert und Äquivalent: Über Entstehung und Umwandlung von Werten aus archäologischer und ethnologischer Sicht”, both of which are based at Goethe-Üniversität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
He received a Bachelor of Arts (BAH) and Master of Arts (MA) in Classical Studies from Queen’s University, Canada. He also studied Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. His Master’s graduate project at Queen’s University was titled “Specialized Personnel – The Zygostatēs, the Solidus, and Monetary Technology in the Later Roman Empire”, which examined the relationship between the office of the zygostatēs and the monetary system of the Later Roman Empire.
This PhD project investigates the production and use of coinage in the Western Mediterranean during the Archaic and Classical periods (c.550-300 BCE). It covers both the introduction of coinage into Southern Italy as well as its spread to Greek and non-Greek cities of Sicily, North Africa, Spain, and France. A significant portion of the research for this project is dedicated to collecting, updating, and verifying the contents of all known coin hoards found in the region. The greater aim of this work is to explore how the data from these hoards might be used to supplement other types of evidence (archaeological, literary, numismatic) and provide new insights into the early history of coin use in the Western Mediterranean.