Ancient Roman tweeting

Abstract: I want to compare the state-sponsored messaging disseminated on coins across five centuries of the Roman Empire to modern tweeting. The fundamental data source is the Online Coins of the Roman Empire

I’m outlining here my preliminary work with data from the Online Coins of the Roman Empire and with Roman Republican Coins Online in a series of linked blog posts with accompanying Jupyter notebooks. Links to notebooks are to they are also available from

Slides from a talk I co-presented with Thomas Martin and Thomas Posillico as part of the January 4, 2020, panel “Numismatics and Ancient History: New Approaches and Directions” at the American Historical Association annual meeting are available here.

Retrieving and constructing OCRE datasets

Analyzing numismatic data in OCRE

Analyzing OCRE’s textual corpus