Anna Lina Morelli, graduated in Ancient History at the
University of Bologna in AY 1978/1979 (07/03/1979), with a final
score of 110/110 with honors, received the title of PhD in Ancient
History at the same University in AY 1993/1994 (06/09/1994).
From 15/09/2014 she is Associate Professor of Numismatics (SSD
L-ANT/04) at the University of Bologna (Department of History and
At the University of Bologna (School of Arts, Humanities and
Cultural Heritage), she is currently teaching Numismatics for both
First Cycle Degrees in Arts and in History and for both Second
Cycle Degrees in Historical Sciences and in Archaeology and
Cultures of the Ancient World (campus of Bologna). She's also
teaching Greek and Roman Numismatics for the First Cycle Degree in
Cultural Heritage and Ancient and Medieval Numismatics for the
Second Cycle Degree in History, Preservation and Enhancement of
Artistic and Archaeological Heritage and Landscape (campus of
Between 2000/2001 and 2008/2009 she taught Didactics of History
at the School of Specialization in Secondary Education (SSIS,
University of Bologna). In 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and
2010/2011 she organized a workshop activity ("Monete e Computer")
for the First Cycle Degrees in Arts and in History and for the
Second Cycle Degrees in Historical Sciences and in Archaeology and
Cultures of the Ancient World at the University of Bologna.
Between 2007/2008 and 2011/2012 she was member of the School
Committee of the PhD in Ancient History at the University of
Bologna. In AY 2012/2013 she was member of the School Committee of
the PhD in History at the same University.
She took part in several research programmes of national
interest supported by government funding, including the projects
COFIN 2000 ("L'immaginario e il potere: per un lessico iconografico
monetale") and COFIN 2003 ("L'immaginario del potere e il Lexicon
She was in charge of the local unit of research at the
University of Bologna for the project PRIN 2009 “Moneta e identità
territoriale: dalla ‘polis' antica alla ‘civitas' medievale”
(national coordinator: Prof. M. Caccamo Caltabiano).
Anna Lina Morelli has took part in several national and
Her research interests are focused in particular on:
• Analysis of the institutional implications of the ancient
coins as historical documents in different geographical and
chronological ambits (but with particular reference to the Roman
coinage), with a specific interest in the iconographic aspects that
characterize coins as a medium of official ideologies and messages,
in connection with the project for the realization of the Lexicon
Iconographicum Numismaticae (LIN).
• Specific researches on the imperial women's role. About this,
she wrote a monograph on the meaning of the maternal role in the
imperial age expressed through the medium of coins (Ante Quem,
• Researches aimed at promoting the use of digital resources in
the study of ancient coins, with the realization and the
implementation (in collaboration with E. Filippini) of a database
centred around the computerized census of the numismatic evidence
about the imperial family women from the Augustan age to the death
of Theodosius I (c. 27 BC – AD 395).
• Studies on ancient coins as archaeological data and sources
for the reconstruction of the history of specific local areas, with
special focus on the territories of Ferrara and Ravenna and with
particular reference to the analysis of the numismatic evidence in
• Researches on coin jewellery. Since 2009 she has organized (in
collaboration with I. Baldini) annual conferences on several
different topics about ancient precious metal objects. In this
regard, she was also in charge of the specific section of coin
jewellery for the project "Jewelry in Context: an Interactive
Data-Base in the Web".
• Specific investigations on the localization and the activity
of the mint of Ravenna in late antiquity and the Middle Age and
studies on the coinage of the Ferrara's mint during the Middle Age
Her research interests are also extended to the following
• Analysis of the more technical aspects related to the
scientific cataloguing of numismatic materials (both coins and
medals, as well as dies and punches).
• Specific investigations on ancient coins as historical sources
for the reconstruction of the social, economic and cultural ambits
of reference in different chronological and geographical contexts,
in conjunction with the collaboration to the organization of public
exhibitions, such as " Romanizzazione e moneta. La testimonianza
dei rinvenimenti dall'Emilia Romagna" (Castelfranco Emilia, 5
May-20 June 2004) and "Immagini divine. Devozioni e divinità nella
vita quotidiana dei Romani. Testimonianze archeologiche dall'Emilia
Romagna" (Castelfranco Emilia, 15 December 2007-17 February
• Special attention to the history of collecting ancient coins,
with particular focus on its genesis and its characteristics.
• Collaboration with extra-university institutions, such as the
“Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Emilia Romagna” and
the “Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici per
le province di Ravenna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena e Rimini”. In this
regard, she carried out specific studies finalized to the
reorganization and cataloguing of coins and medals in the
collections of the "Museo Nazionale" and the "Biblioteca Classense"
Anna Morelli Lina is member of the International Numismatic
Council (INC) / Conseil international de numismatique (CIN), as
representative of the Department of History and Cultures of the
Bologna University. She is also ordinary member (“socio ordinario”)
of the “Società Italiana di Numismatica” and effective member
(“socio effettivo”) of the “Deputazione di Storia Patria per le
Province di Romagna”.
Anna Lina Morelli is author of several scientific papers,
including two monographs.