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MQ Ancient World HDR: Christian Cuello

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This week we move both temporally and geographically away from Ancient Egypt towards Late Antique Europe and the work of MRes candidate Christan Cuello. If you’re a fan of Numismatics (and let’s be honest, who isn’t!) then you’re going to love this!

Hi everyone, my name is Christian Cuello. I am a second-year candidate in the MRes program in Ancient History at Macquarie. I’m also a past Junior Research Fellow and current Research Assistant at the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS) on campus. For those who aren’t aware, numismatics is the study of currency. In the context of the Ancient or Late Antique worlds, this primarily centres around coinage. My field of study is primarily ‘barbarian’ coinage produced in the West during the 5th and 6th centuries CE, but I enjoy just about anything to do with coins! For instance, how they were made, circulated and what that can contribute towards our understanding of the people that produced and used them.

My thesis, currently titled Goths, Franks or Romans? New perspectives on the coinage of the barbarian kingdoms, investigates the relationships between these two kingdoms (Goths, Franks) and Imperial authority (Romans) during Late Antiquity (c. 4th – 9th centuries CE). I’m particularly interested in what the coins can tell us about society and culture in a state of transition.

This year, I’ve really learnt to trust the feeling that I get when I’m researching and writing – it’s exciting and really challenging at times, but never insurmountable. I’ve found that focusing on other areas of life helps to keep this enjoyable. I make time for what’s important to me: creative projects, family – especially my incredibly patient partner and wonderful son – and also my health and wellbeing. Knowing that you’ve done the best you can every day, even if it’s just a little bit, goes a long way.

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