The last coin of Taras? : A study of a late Tarentine coin in the collections of the Uppsala University Coin Cabinet.

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia

Abstract: In this thesis, a coin from the Hannibalic occupation of Taras is analysed and discussed. The method applied in the analysis is Panofsky’s iconological method, and the theoretical framework has been derived from the research questions themselves in dialogue with modern numismatic research.  The focus of the discussion is on the relationship between the coin and its historical context. In the thesis, it is argued that the coin is a didrachm with heavily reduced weight, and that the weight reduction is a result of the financial difficulties caused by the Second Punic War.

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