Cities, Emperors and Popes: Coinage and the construction of identity in Antiquity and the Early modern Period
Coins and identity are intricately linked. Cities and rulers used coinage to strengthen a sense of collective identity, both in the ancient Roman world and the Early modern period. In both periods coins and medals were deployed to create or strengthen a collective frame of reference, by which an appeal was made to unity and continuity. In this way, emperors and popes aimed to legitimize their position of power. Coinage and the construction of a collective identity were crucial for reigning effectively.
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