Diva Faustina: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces

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(Numismatic Studies 26, 2012)

by Martin Beckmann

ISBN 978-0-89722-322-5
ISSN 051-7404-X
184 pp., 36 pls., 18 die-charts
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US$24.98 (no Member discount)

The coinage struck posthumously in the name of Faustina the Elder, wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, was the largest such issue ever produced by the mint of Rome. Until now it has been impossible to date these coins with any accuracy, and thus difficult to determine their place in imperial ideology. This study definitively resolves the chronological difficulties of these undated issues by means of die study of Diva Faustina’s gold and bronze coinage. This new understanding of the coinage then forms the basis for a study of the iconographic commemoration of Faustina in all media throughout the empire. It sheds significant new light on the changing nature of the cult of Faustina during (and perhaps after) the lifetime of her husband Antoninus Pius, on the nature and mechanisms of family commemoration in the Antonine period in general, on the cult of the divi divaeque, and especially on the role of imperial women, living and dead, in the presentation of the public image of the emperor both in Rome and in the provinces. The volume contains illustrated catalogues of the sestertii and aurei in the name of Diva Faustina, including forgeries and a statistical analysis, co-authored with Warren Esty.

Contents:

Materials and Method
DEDICATIO AEDIS—The Temple of Divine Faustina
VOTA PVBLICA—The Marriage of Faustina’s Daughter
AETERNITAS—The Anniversary of Faustina’s Deification
Faustina’s Coinage in Context
Appendix. Coin Production and Mint Practice (with Warren Esty)
Bibliography
Catalogue of Aurei
Catalogue of Sestertii

Martin Beckmann is assistant professor in the Department of Classics at McMaster University and author of The Column of Marcus Aurelius: The Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument.

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The Island Standard: The Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Coinages of Paros

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(Numismatic Studies 28, 2013)

by John A. N. Z. Tully

Price: US$29.98 (no Member discount)
ISSN 0517-404-x
ISBN 978-0-89722-329-4
Hardcover, 250 pp., 27 pls.

This book is the first comprehensive study of the monetary history of one of the major coin-producing states of the Hellenistic and Roman Aegean. It analyzes the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman coinages of the Cycladic island of Paros. It presents a die study of all known silver and bronze issues, and argues that Paros and its neighbor Naxos minted in the Hellenistic Period not on the Rhodian standard as has sometimes been thought, but on their own distinct standard: the “island standard”. All coin types are fully described, and die varieties are illustrated in 27 plates.

Contents:

Introduction
Ascription, Types, and Iconography
Overview, Metrology, and Quantification
Archaeological and Hoard Evidence
Paros, Naxos and the Numismatic Context
Catalogue
Commentary
Appendix 1. Non-Parian Issues
Appendix 2. Ancient Imitative Coinage
Appendix 3. Modern Parian Forgeries
Appendix 4. Weight and Frequency Distribution
Appendix 5. Naxian and Parian Comparanda
Bibliography

John Tully read Greats at Magdalen College, Oxford before moving to Harvard, then Princeton, where he finished his PhD dissertation on “Networks, Hegemony, and Multipolarity in the Hellenistic Cyclades” in 2012. In 2010, he took the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the ANS in New York; this book is a direct result of the project he started there. He is currently a consultant in New York.

“Tully’s work is an outstanding example of numismatic scholarship and erudition, which substantially advances the ongoing discussion of how to interpret the Cyclades within the Greek world. In particular, his handsomely produced book now becomes the definitive starting-point for all future examinations of Parian coinages.”
–Corey J. Ellithorpe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Read the 2015 BMCR review: http://www.bmcreview.org/2015/06/20150627.html

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