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Frédérique Duyrat

Director of Collections and Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum

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Frédérique Duyrat studied at Sorbonne University in Paris for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with an MA in 1996, then spent two years at the French Archaeological Institute in Damascus where she wrote a PhD on Aradus, the most northern Phoenician city, during the Hellenistic period. She took her PhD in 2000 at Sorbonne University, and then was awarded a Habilitation à diriger des recherches by the same university in 2010 for her work Wealth and Warfare. The Archaeology of Money in Ancient Syria. She taught Ancient History at Sorbonne University, then at the University of Orléans where she was also a member of the Institut de recherche sur les archéomatériaux – Centre Ernest-Babelon (CNRS), a laboratory specialized in elemental analyses of the metal of coins (2002-2013). In 2010, she was appointed curator of Greek coins in the department of Coins, Medals, and Antiques of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, before taking the position of director of this department in September 2013. She was appointed to her current post at the University of Oxford in September 2023. At the same time, she is the Director of Studies in the Monetary History of the Greek World (7th-1st century BC) at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.