Mass Media avant la lettre: Ancient Romanian Coin Cover Image

Mass Media avant la lettre: Ancient Romanian Coin

Author(s): Ioana-Iulia Olaru
Subject(s): History
Published by: Fondul Europa
Keywords: coin; medallion; propaganda; aureus; denarius; solidus; iconography; monogram; Sol Invictus; diadem; contorniat; adlocutio; congiarium

Summary/Abstract: Whether we envisage common coins, which are accessible to everybody, or we refer to imperial medallions, used by a reduced number of people – the royal court circle –, this true mean of mass communication has a special value in ancient times, being used for official Roman propaganda all over the empire. At the beginning of Christianism, the same purpose will be 18 de la Teodosius I, 379-95, la Procopius Antemius, 467-72. Cf. Gramatopol, op. cit., p. 275 19 Ibidem, p. 276 20 Ion Barnea, Octavian Iliescu, op. cit., p. 70 supported by a vivid religious propaganda, the emperor used in his representations the divine attributes of Christ. The present paper refers briefly to the stylistic evolution of the iconography on coins, without mentioning the propaganda made through the message transmitted by inscription texts

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 05
  • Page Range: 32-37
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Romanian
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