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Making “Cents” of the Roman Empire

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Roman coinage and the history behind it - Online Lecture

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We may not often think about it, but the coins in our pockets have a tremendous story to tell. Images of eagles, presidents, and monuments evoke our shared national history and mythology, while inscriptions celebrate fundamental ideas of our democracy. Coins speak to our personal situations too, as they move along with us throughout our daily lives. Many of us keep coins around as small change for our regular transactions; others collect coins as memorials of our travels. Coins thereby offer equal testimony to who we are as individuals and as a nation both in the past and present.

Coins hold the same historical value for the study of the ancient past. In the era of the ancient Romans, both the imperial government and many cities and peoples under the empire minted their own coins. While the emperors wanted to proclaim messages of power and control, individual communities celebrated their own local histories and identities with diverse images and bilingual inscriptions. In this talk, we will explore these artifacts both as individual objects and according to their stories about Roman politics, economy, and society.

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Kristina Neumann, Ph.D., is an ancient Roman and digital historian at the University of Houston. She is the author of "Antioch in Syria: A History from Coins 330BCE-450 CE" (Cambridge University Press, 2021) as well as the co-director of The SYRIOS Project (syrios.uh.edu), a digital humanities exhibit telling the story of the ancient Middle East through coins. Her excavation experience includes projects in Israel, Pompeii, and Rome.

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The ICCC is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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