Off blog (and a little on the blog) I’ve worried quite a bit about the coins of the Minucii. I came across a different view of potential comparative iconography today, the work of a mid 20th century Etruscan scholar. It was easy enough to get an image this: I’ll have to track down her… Continue reading Minucius’ Column
RRC 443/1 Just didn’t want to lose the reference to this article I do like an apex (earlier posts) and I’ve argued that the Minucius coins show a pontifex maximus who is chiefly identified by a knife and patera (no apex) (article).
This is a great article particularly for thinking about shifts in arms and armor in the Republic. I’m sure I’ll come back to it many times. Three initial thoughts below. Michael J. Taylor. “Etruscan Identity and Service in the Roman Army: 300–100 B.C.E.” American Journal of Archaeology 121, no. 2 (2017): 275-92. doi:10.3764/aja.121.2.0275. On RRC… Continue reading Notes on Taylor’s Etruscan Identity
I made this when working on the first version of the coin book while on sabbatical in 2013-2014. It like so much of that first version is too fine grained for what CUP will publish. That said, It seems really useful so I’m putting it out here now. 486 – Sp. Cassius “plotted”at regal power… Continue reading Timeline of Roman Grain Supply
Right. Must stop seeing stuff and get back to emails and journal article revisions… But right before that here is yet another example that should have been mentioned in my article on RRC 242 and RRC 243 on the Minucii to bolster my argument for the iconography of the priesthood being a patera and knife… Continue reading Another belated Sacrificial Knife and Patera
I think the form of the column on this bronze issue can be productively used as comparative evidence for how numismatic artists thought to represent monolithic columns. The importance of the rendering of the shaft can be seen even on less well preserved specimens: This is relevant for how we think about the rendering of… Continue reading Spiral Columns? Rusticated Drums?
Ideally, one dates coins by the hoard evidence. People squirrel away pots of money and for whatever reason never come back for their savings. These groups of coins help numismatists figure out which coins were minted in what sequence. The numismatist takes all the hoards and tries to arrange them into a sequence of… Continue reading 148, 149 out of 410 days: The Dating Game