Images of Emperor and Empire

Clifford Ando

in Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220676
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923720 | DOI:
Images of Emperor and Empire

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This chapter considers the concrete symbol of Roman power and examines the images of emperor and the Roman Empire, focusing on the reign of Claudius Messius Quintus Decius Valerianus. It discusses Decius' decision to mint a series of coins devoted to the consecrated emperors and evaluates its impact on the urban centers of the empire. It cites evidence that the people used imperial coins because they believed in their purity and universal currency and not because they understood the legend they represent.

Keywords: Roman power; Roman Empire; emperor; Decius; imperial coins; universal currency

Chapter.  32341 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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