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Name: Mariele Valci

PhD: History

Thesis Title: The Economy of the Rome Commune (1143-1398): A Numismatic Perspecitve

Thesis Description:

My doctoral research examines the economy of Rome in the communal period (1143-1398) through the study of numismatic evidence and relevant documentary sources. 
This period is still one of the least known phases of Rome's remarkable history; in our collective imagination, Rome has been always perceived as a powerful city: in ancient times, it was the head of one of the greatest empires of Western civilization; in the fifteenth century, it became one of the most magnificent Christian pilgrimage centres. However, between these two long and articulated phases, Rome was more a city of traders involved in national and international trade; its political focus was the Senatorial Palace on the Capitoline Hill; and its secular authority constantly referred to a glorious past in a number of ways - one of these was using its coinage as propaganda.

 My study shows that Rome was a fully developed city-state provided with a complex monetary system. The material bases of the research are 5716 coins preserved in the British Museum of London and in five Roman institutions – the Medagliere Capitolino, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the Medagliere of the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma and the Università di Roma Tre. The analysis of these numismatic materials is combined with the study of alternative sources, such as notarial registers, papal tithe accounts, merchants’ notebooks and chronicles.

Supervisors and Institution(s): Richard Goddard (University of Nottingham), Neil Christie (University of Leicester).

 

Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

2018:

  • M. Valci, ‘Coinage in the Rome Commune (1143-1398). An Overview of the Denari Provisini Preserved in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana’, Historia Mundi, 7 (2018), pp. 38-53.

2017:

  • M. Valci, ‘A Hoard of Denari Anconetani and Ravennati from the Forum of Nerva, Rome’, Proceedings of the 15th International Numismatic Congress – Taormina 2017, ed. by M. Caccamo Caltabiano (Rome: Arbor Sapientiae Editore, 2016), pp. 1198-1201.
  • M. Valci, ‘Ripostiglio del Foro di Nerva’, I Fori dopo I Fori. La Vita Quotidiana nell’area dei Fori Imperiali dopo l’antichità (Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2017), p. 108.
  • M. Valci, ‘Ripostiglio di S. Urbano’, I Fori dopo I Fori. La Vita Quotidiana nell’area dei Fori Imperiali dopo l’antichità (Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2017), p. 109.

2016:

  • M. Valci, ‘A Hoard of Denari Anconetani and Ravennati from the Forum of Nerva, Rome’, Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma, 117 (2016), pp. 67-76.

2014:

  • R. Meneghini and M. Valci, ‘Lo scavo del monastero di S. Urbano al Foro di Traiano. Ritrovamento di un ripostiglio monetale cinquecentesco’, Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma, 115 (2014), pp. 149-168.
  • M. Valci, ‘A Hoard of Roman Denari Provisini Preserved in the Capitoline Museum, Rome’, The Numismatic Chronicle, 174 (2014), pp. 227-244.
  • M. Valci, ‘Villa Maruffi. Catalogo delle monete di età medievale, moderna e contemporanea’ in Terre, antichità, memorie. La raccolta numismatica Maruffi. Villa Maruffi, materiali e studi, Vol. 1, ed. By G. Calcani and M. C. Molinari (Rome: Roma Tre Press, 2014), pp. 183-250.

2013:

  • M. Valci, ‘Alcune considerazioni su un ripostiglio di XIV secolo conservato nel Medagliere Capitolino’, Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma, 114 (2013), pp. 93-103.

Publications in press: 

  • M. Barbato and M. Valci, ‘Monete dagli scavi dell’Area sacra di Largo di Torre Argentina. Documenti d’archivio e nuove riflessioni’, Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma, 118.
  • M. Valci, ‘Review of The Forgotten Story. Rome in the Communal Period’, Medieval Archaeology Journal, 62.1.

 

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