The 3rd Assemani Symposium was dedicated to the transitional period
of Islamic coinage, aiming at putting in context the Umayyad numismatic
materials. The bulk of the papers published in these Proceedings is therefore
focused on this theme, but the contributions also take into account
Arab-Sasanian and Arab-Byzantine issues, as well as early Umayyad coins
from various regions of the Dār al-Islām (Transoxiana, Sogdiana, Libya,…).
Other papers throw light on different periods and objects of Numismatic
interest (seals, glass stamps, history of collecting), as the vocation of this
Symposium is to be the occasion of a wide-range scientific exchange on Arabic and Islamic Numismatics.
Bruno Callegher: His scientific interests can be defined with in two major
research ambits, one relating to Roman coin finds in North-Eastern Italy,
the other regarding Byzantine coinage. He has been Keeper at the ‘Museo
Bottacin’ in Padua and since 2006 associate professor of Numismatics
at the University of Trieste.
Researcher of Arabic Language and Literature at the
Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza – University of Rome. Her domains
of research are Islamic Numismatics and Arabic manuscripts.
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The paper wants to pick out one of the probable sources of the passion for
Numismatics of Simone Assemani. His great granduncle, Giuseppe Simonio
Assemani is likely to have excited this passion on him.
Giuseppe Simonio Assemani became famous as great scholar of manuscripts of
many oriental languages: Coptic, Etiopic, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and, above
all, Syrian. He was dispatched by the Pope Clement XI to Egypt and to the
neighbouring countries in order to search those manuscripts. For his reputation,
he became Prefect of the Vatican Library in 1739. Generally, we know
nothing about his particular interest for ancient Numismatics, interest arisen
during his prefecture at the Vatican Library. In those year, in fact, very famous
collections of coins and medals entered the Library: 328 Greek and Roman
Medallions of the collection owned by the cardinal Alessandro Albani, the
collection of medallions, coins and medals of the cardinal Gaspare Carpegna,
with 4.000 pieces; the famous collection of 6.666 casts in sulphur of cameos and
carvings of Pier Leone Ghezzi, the extraordinary collection of more than 5.000
pieces of papal coins of Saverio Scilla. Giuseppe Simonio Assemani was
responsible for arranging and ordering a catalogue of those big collections:
When he died, a great number of Greek and Roman coins was found in his
apartment, together with medals and carvings, collection that shows his private
interest for Numismatics. For these reason, probably he passed this interest on
his great grandchild Simone Assemani, when he was still a child.