So I like the sense of completion of hitting publish on a blog post, its a trivial little boost to mark a bit of work and the end of a thought unit. So I’m breaking my previous long post and starting a new one. There is no logic to my breaking spot maybe even some… Continue reading More late unciae (293/3)
Next up in our small change investigation is RRC 289/5. To understand this choice you’ll have to accept Lockyear 2018‘s methods for rearranging the relative chronology. Crawford had put this in 115-114 BCE and HBM has even nudged it down towards 112 BCE, but Lockyear tells us that 289 is in the wrong place so… Continue reading Late Unciae
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
I’m really enjoying reading Hölkeskamp’s piece in Galinsky’s edited volume on Memory. This is from p. 173. I feel like I found the missing link connecting two portions of the republican coin series! Those alluding to Tremulus’ equestrian statue and those referring to Octavian’s.
I went looking for my notes on this subject and searched and searched the blog and couldn’t find the post I wanted. Only to realize that my notes were pre-blog! So for future easier searching here’s a collection of factoids related to RRC 293/1 (c. 113-2 BCE). The most important coin type for understanding this… Continue reading Goat Horn Helmets
This coin of Pompey is probably a small issue struck as a commemorative piece and/or gift on the occasion of his second triumph. The choice of legends are particularly revealing about both the date of issue and also the impression Pompey wished to convey. Three passages are needed for context. First, Granius Licinianus 36.2.4: And… Continue reading 71 out of 410 days: What’s in a Name?