Coining Images of Power: Patterns in the Representation of Roman Emperors on Imperial Coinage, A.D. 193-284

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BRILL, Jan 5, 2012 - History - 363 pages
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Current scholarship on Roman imperial representation addresses both the ways in which individual rulers presented themselves to their subjects and how particular aspects of imperial representation developed over time. This book combines these two approaches. It examines the diachronic development of the representation of Roman imperial power as a whole in one medium over a longer period of time. Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of coin types issued between A.D. 193 and 284, patterns in the representation of third-century Roman emperors on imperial coinage are made visible. The result is a new perspective on the development of imperial ideology in times of crisis.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One General Patterns on ThirdCentury Imperial Coinage
9
Chapter One Coins in Context
11
Chapter Two Appeasing the Army
63
Chapter Three Divine Propaganda
95
Chapter Four Imperial Exempla
155
Chapter Five The Dawning of a Golden Age
187
General Thirdcentury Trends in Numismatic Imperial Representation
221
Conclusion
303
Appendices
311
Appendix One List of emperors and usurpers AD 193284
313
emperors and corresponding RICnumbers
316
Emperors and corresponding RICnumbers
320
Appendix Four Diachronic variation in Caracallas representation during joint and sole reign
324
Appendix Five Diachronic variation in Gallienus representation during Valerians and Gallienus joint reign
329
Appendix Six Images
332

Part Two Case Studies
223
Chapter Six Caracalla
225
Chapter Seven Decius
253
Chapter Eight Gallienus
269

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About the author (2012)

Erika Manders, Ph.D. (2008) in Ancient History, is lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research focuses on modes of transmitting Roman imperial ideology.

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