Book Series The Numismatic Studies, vol. 29

Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage

Nathan T. Elkins

  • Pages: ix + 230 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:222 b/w, 8 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2015

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  • ISBN: 978-0-89722-344-7
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The representation of monuments and buildings on Roman coinage is one of the most popular topics in studies of coin iconography. In addition to numismatists, it attracts the attention of historians, art historians, archaeologists, and topographers. Although the subject of numerous books and articles, architectural representations have been appreciated primarily for the evidence they might yield for a monument’s appearance or existence. This approach is limited as the methodologies applied are often narrow or inconsistent and often betray modern biases. Instead of using images on coins as evidence for reconstruction, this book contextualizes monumental representations on the coinage within their broader historical, social, and political contexts, by addressing how and why images evolved through time and by investigating why architectural representation emerged on and disappeared from the coinage. In so doing, this book also treats all incidences of architectural representation on the Republican and Imperial coinages in order to provide the first comprehensive treatment of architecture on the state-sanctioned coinage. This book is, therefore, a resource to a broad range of specialists interested in the phenomenon of architectural representation and its significance in the Roman world.


Introduction: A New Look at Architectural Representations on Roman Coinage 
Chapter 1. The Emergence of Architectural Designs on the Coinage of the Roman Republic 
Chapter 2. Architectural Coin Types in the Early Roman Empire (Augustus through Severus Alexander) 
Chapter 3. Late Roman Architectural Coin Types (The “Soldier Emperors” through Valentinian III) 
Chapter 4. Architectural Coin Types from the Roman Provinces: Characteristics, Derivation, and Influence 
Conclusions: Architectural Coin Types as a Reflection of Roman Society 
Appendix 1. Roman Architectural Coin Types (135 bc–Severus Alexander) 
Appendix 2. Architectural Coin Types of the “Soldier Emperors” 
Appendix 3. Architectural Coin Types of the Tetrarchy and its Collapse to c. AD 313 
Appendix 4. Architectural Coin Types from Constantine and Licinius to Valentinian III