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可视化仪式:Ludi Saeculares的设计和观众 Coinage of 多米提安

可视化仪式:Ludi Saeculares的设计和观众 Coinage of 多米提安

多米提安’s Ludi Saeculares coinage (88 C.E.) violates the usual patterns of Roman mint production: 上 e festival dominates all six denominations of gold, silver, and bronze. Consistency in legends and in reverse types across the issue suggests that unusual care was taken in designing these coins. One composition is even repeated in both silver and bronze. Ten events during the Ludi Saeculares, nine of them religious rituals prescribed by the Sibylline oracle, are depicted 上 the bronze coinage. Variations among specimens within each type, however, indicate that some details, such as the pedimental iconography of temples, were created by individual die carvers and must not have been specified in the original design. Using the textual evidence for other imperial celebrations of the Ludi Saeculares, previous scholars have focused 上 matching each coin type with a known event and each architectural background with a specific location in Rome. This 文章 reveals the problems with such an approach and uses instead a variety of historical, iconographic, and numismatic methodologies to explore questions of design, audience, context, and interpretation. I conclude that, for a limited audience, these coins attempted to send a coherent message emphasizing the solemnity and ritual completeness of 多米提安’的Ludi Saeculares并将他的庆祝活动与奥古斯都联系起来’ Ludi Saeculares of 17 B.C.E. But, because 多米提安’随后没有模仿使用硬币进行详细交流的实验,这组硬币是独一无二的。

可视化仪式:Ludi Saeculares的设计和观众 Coinage of 多米提安

梅兰妮·格鲁诺(Melanie Grunow Sobocinski)

美国考古学杂志 卷110,No. 4(2006),581页–602

DOI: 10.3764 / aja.110.4.581

©2006美国考古研究所