Department of History

Corey J. Ellithorpe, Lecturer


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)
  • M.A., University of Arizona (2012)
  • Post-Bacc., University of Pennsylvania (2010)
  • B.A., University at Albany, State University of New York, magna cum laude (2009)

Academic Interests

Dr. Ellithorpe is a numismatist and historian of the ancient Mediterranean.  His current research focuses on the role of coinage as a means of mass communication for the Roman Empire.  He has created a database of more than 300,000 Roman Imperial coin finds (1,500 hoards and 75,000 single-finds) that will be filterable, open-access, and GIS-mappable.  This database, Coin Finds of the Early Roman Empire [CFERE], is planned for online publication early 2020.

He is also involved in a variety of interdisciplinary digital humanities endeavors that aim to integrate archaeological data into broader research on the ancient world.  He is a research contributor and project collaborator with a numismatic database and digitization project, Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire [CHRE], at the University of Oxford.

Courses Taught

  • HST 101: Western Civilization I
  • HST 306: Ancient Greece and Rome
  • HST 377: Warfare in the Ancient World
  • HST 377: The Downfall of the Roman Republic
  • HST 540: Ancient Mediterranean World

Selected Publications

  • “Athenian Mercantilism: A New Approach to the Coinage Decree & the Law of Nicophon.”  Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology, 6.3, 52-68.
  •  “Reverse Type Preferencing for Ritualistic Consumption? A New Examination of Roman Imperial Coins Found un Sacred Contexts.”  In S. Krmnicek and J. Mylonopoulos (edd.), Money and Ritual in the Greco-Roman World.  Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag GmbH. (in press)
  •  “Striking a Dissonant Chord: The Geographical Targeting of Trajan’s Debellator Coinage in Dacia.”  In M. Caltabiano (ed.), Proceedings of the XV International Numismatic Congress, Taromina 2015.  Rome: Arbor Sapientiae s.r.l. (2017)