n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Personifications on the coinage of Vespasian (AD 69-79)

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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This paper surveys personifications on Vespasian's coinage in terms of their novelty and significance. It finds that there is more novelty than has been allowed, especially in the proliferation of personifications following Nero's demise and in the number of unprecedented legends. Many of the personifications have a traditional character, so that the overall message seems to be one of continuity with the Augustan model of a 'good' emperor. Finally, among the particular themes which are promoted by the personifications, it seems that there is a fundamental desire to confirm the stability and strength of the succession to Vespasian in the person of his two sons, Titus and Domitian.

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