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Greek and Roman Numismatics

Oliver D. Hoover

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0143
Greek and Roman Numismatics

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The coins struck by the ancient Greeks and Romans have been a subject of scholarly interest since at least the 16th century, but there is evidence that they were collected and studied already in Antiquity and the medieval period. Much early inquiry revolved around the attribution of portrait coins to well-known historical figures and the appreciation of the ancient die engraver’s art. The modern study of Greek and Roman coinage, however, is heavily nuanced. It requires an understanding of the information conveyed by the coin as object in the form of its iconography, epigraphy, metrology, and metallurgy as well as an understanding of the relationship of the single coin to others produced from the same dies, to others with which it was found in a hoard context, or to features and objects with which it was associated in an archaeological context. From such an understanding it is possible to reach conclusions or raise new questions about the political, economic, technological, artistic, and cultural milieus in which the coins were produced and functioned.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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