The money of Rome, the power of images in the Roman world.
The National Archaeological Museum of Florence, from 10 December proposes an exhibition entirely dedicated to the role of money in Roman Republican Imperial.
The exhibition "the money of Roma.The power of the image in the Roman world" is staged in the Corridoio Mediceo and consists of rich collection of Roman coins. The collection includes various types of coin from Roman times through the fall of the Roman Empire of the West: the first Roman coins made of bronze, according to the method of Etruscan and Italic, the silver, minted by model of Magna Graecia; until the last series that bore the names of Roman emperors. The exhibition analyzes the role of money, which in Roman society was a symbol of great power both economically and socially. Indeed, especially in imperial times, the currency which reported the faces of the emperors and their families, held an important role in political campaigning.
So even in Republican times coins carried the most representative scenes of myths, heroes and legends of Rome's history, and sometimes also covered stories related to the most prominent of Roman families .
Julius Caesar was the first emperor to want to be alive on a portrait series monete.Questo interesting digression on the currency of Rome, offers important insights for understanding the political dynamics and social history of Rome, and the fundamental role of money.
National Archaeological Museum
See Via della Colonna 36, Florence 50121
Since 10 December 2009 to June 30, 2010
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