Roman coinage offers something unprecedented: a national coinage with a personal message. With its widely varying personal designs, the denarius represents the thoughts of the moneyer, portraying what he personally felt was important for the Roman voter to know about him. In this book covering the years 81 BCE-64 BCE, we attempt to recover those messages by analyzing the moneyer's family, his own history, the symbols and insignia represented, the history of the events commemorated, the contemporary attitudes toward those events, and the social context that encouraged certain types.
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About the Author:
Michael Harlan received an MA in Classics from the University of California, Davis and studied Classics an additional three years at the University of California, Berkeley. Collecting Roman coinage began as a hobby interest that eventually led to more extensive research mining the classical sources for information. His book Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 63 BC-49 BC was published in 1995. He currently teaches Humanities in the California Community College system.
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