Local Coinage and Civic Identity in Roman North Africa.
Abstract: The analysis of cultural identity in ancient societies is of vital
importance to many disciplines. When attempting to reconstruct the civic identity of the
inhabitants of a Roman province, the iconographic and textual choices preserved on local
coinage can provide crucial data. This study will examine the coinage of fifteen cities in
the area of Africa Proconsularis, which struck coin ... read moreissues from 27 BCE to 37 CE. The
numismatic data from Africa Proconsularis indicates that the public identities of the
cities that had local mints were characterized by both Roman and Punic elements. The coins
struck in these cities varied considerably from one place to the next, illustrating the
complexity of public identity throughout this region. The coinage of North Africa reflects
the various attempts that these cities made to maintain relevance within the wider Roman
social network - as well as display both civic and cultural pride.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Classics.
Advisor: R. Hitchner.
Committee: J. Harrington, and Ioannis Evrigenis.
Keywords: Archaeology, and Classical studies.read less