This tomb find has me questioning some of what I’ve written about sword iconography on the republican coin series. Less worried about this find after seeing the distribution map (Kurtz 1991): The BM has six falcata (although I can’t get them to come up on a collection search in the database).
OCRE entries. Documentation of my earlier obsession with falcatae.
I’ve blogged quite a bit about the falcata as a marker of Celtiberian identity on Roman republican coins (maybe I should just publish the stuff on this properly…). I was happy to have this confirmed by Augustan examples from Emerita, such as the specimen above. What I find strange about this type is the degree… Continue reading Still More Falcatas
Up to this point I’ve endorsed the idea of the falcata being an ethnic symbol on the republican coin series, but Etruscan iconography has me questioning this a little. (earlier posts for context) Detail from the left pillar in the the ‘tomba dei rilievi’ from the Banditaccia necropolis at Caere (Cerveteri): Details of two cinerary… Continue reading Spanish Falcata or Etruscan Weapon?
I’ve previously blogged about the falcata (Spanish sword) as an ethic marker on republican coins. Thus I found this passage of interest (Livy 31.34): Philip’s men had been accustomed to fighting with Greeks and Illyrians and had only seen wounds inflicted by javelins and arrows and in rare instances by lances. But when they saw… Continue reading Testimony on the Falcata?
In a previous post, I claimed there were only two falcata’s represented on the republican coin series. I’m not positive of about this identification here, but I will say that I think it highly likely that the representation of two different sword types on the trophy is intended to identify for the viewer what ethnicity… Continue reading Another Falcata?
I was beginning to write something along the party line that RRC 335/9 refers to the battle of lake Regillus and A. Postumius Albus’ throwing a standard among the enemy. And may be does. Florus Writes: A battle was fought at Lake Regillus, for a long time with shifting fortunes, until Postumius, the dictator, himself adopted… Continue reading Lake Regillus Iconography
I don’t have writer’s block. I haven’t really since I started this blog. Good thing. I used to hate to write. Now it is a happy place. I’ve got a new problem. I can’t find an organizational structure that lets me be concise. My instincts towards completeness keep driving up my word count. I need… Continue reading Organization Crisis
First a little context: To my mind one of the most interesting aspects of the secondary marks on the early denarius, victoriatus and related issues is when they begin to experiment with different types of secondary symbols. Most of the secondary symbols that appear on the coinage of the Hannibal War had already been in use… Continue reading Representing the Defeated Enemy, or the Appropriation of Symbols