"Traditions through Empires. The cities of Asia Minor and their coin images"
Geographischer Bezug: Kleinasien
Berichtszeitraum: Frühgeschichte / Antike
Coins are one of the most important symbols and markers of civic identity. The first conference
of VLAC (Visual Languages of Ancient Coins) with the title “Traditions through Empires. Cities
of Asia Minor and their coin images” will discuss the iconographic traditions of selected cities
in Asia Minor from the archaic period to Late Antiquity. Since a few cities like Ephesos,
Halikarnassos, Byzantion, Side, Sinope, Milet, Tarsos, Mylasa or Sardeis minted coins
throughout this entire period, it gives us the opportunity to ask the following questions. Were
coin images kept or discarded because of political or sociocultural changes? Did political
influence or aesthetic taste play a role in the selection of these images? What can we say about
the self-perception of the cities in light of their coinage? This conference seeks to investigate
if there was a continuity in the municipal iconographic traditions of these places. This
perspective also enables us to track the core values of self-representation and self-perception
in ancient cities as depicted on their coins.