Andrew Meadows

Tutor in Ancient History, Professor of Ancient History
MA DPhil Oxf, AM Michigan

After reading Mods and Greats at Trinity College (1984-9), I spent two years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor obtaining an MA in Classical Philology. I then returned to Oxford to study for a DPhil. in Ancient History.  In 1995 I was appointed Curator of Greek and Roman Coins at the British Museum, a post I held for 12 years before moving again to the United States to take up first a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and ultimately the Deputy-Directorship of the American Numismatic Society in New York City. I joined New College in 2014.


I teach Ancient History for students reading Mods, Greats and Ancient and Modern History, with a particular focus on the Greek period.

Research Interests

My research interests lie firmly in the Hellenistic period, and I am especially interested in discovering new ways to explore this world through the synthesis of the full range of available evidence: literary, epigraphic and numismatic. I am currently completing a book that attempts to write the history of an ancient city principally from numismatic and epigraphic evidence. Other recent work has focussed in particular on the monetary structures and instruments created by the Hellenistic Kingdoms.  My next major project will be a history of the rise, decline and fall of the Ptolemaic Empire.

I also work with the Institut Européen d'Archéologie Sous-Marine and the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology on the publication of material from the excavations at Herakleion, East Canopus and Alexandria in Egypt.

Recent Publications

  • Deditio in Fidem: The Ptolemaic Conquest of Asia Minor’ in L. Yarrow and C. Smith (eds.), Polybius, Rome and the East.  Essays in Memory of Peter Derow (Oxford, 2012), pp. 113-133.
  • 'Ptolemaic possessions outside Egypt’ in the Blackwell Encylcopedia of Ancient History (2012)
  • Review of E. Markou, L’Or des Rois de Chypre. Numismatique et histoire à l’époque classique. Meletemata 64. Athens: Centre de Recherches de l’Antiquité Grecque et Romaine, 2011 in AJN 24 (2012), pp. 187-197.
  • 'Coinage and the Writing of Ancient Greek History’ in V. Penna (ed.), Words and Coins From Ancient Greece to Byzantium (Ghent, 2012), pp. 81-9.
  • Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum. Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8. (New York, 2013, co-edited with D. Hendin)
  • 'Polybius, Aratus and the History of the 140th Olympiad’ in B. Gibson and T. Harrison (eds), Polybius and his World.  Essays in Honour of Frank Walbank (Oxford, 2013)
  • 'The Closed Currency System of the Attalid Kingdom’ in P. Thonemann (ed.), Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations and the State (Oxford, 2013), pp. 149-205.
  • 'The Ptolemaic Administration of Pamphylia’ (with P. Thonemann), ZPE 2013, pp. 223-226.
  • 'The Ptolemaic League of Islanders’ in K. Buraselis, M. Stefanou and D.J. Thompson (eds), Ptolemaic Waterways (Cambridge, 2013), pp. 19-38.
  • 'Two ‘Double’ Dedications at Ephesus and the Beginning of Ptolemaic Control of Ionia’, Gephyra 10 (2013), pp. 1-12
  • 'The Spread of coins in the Hellenistic World’ in R. Vaubel, H. Gersbach and P. Bernholz (eds), The Political Economy of Monetary Innovation (Berlin/New York: Springer, 2014), pp. 169-194.