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Viewing history through coins – Carausius and the Roman Empire.

September 1, 2011
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One of the primary sources of propaganda in the ancient world was the minting of coins, and nowhere was this more apparent than in the Roman Empire. Minting a Roman coin would celebrate the accession and reign of emperors, military victories, and honor successful generals. In times of civil war or rebellion, opposing sides...
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Second Punic War – A brief introduction

August 1, 2011
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Over a 100-year span, the Roman Republic was involved in three major wars with Carthage. These three wars were known as the Punic Wars and were fought between 264 and 146 BC. These wars made a significant impact on the Roman Empire, helped Rome...
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First Punic War – A brief introduction

July 1, 2011
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The two major players in the first Punic War, 264-241 B.C., were Rome and Carthage. Rome, prior to the Punic Wars, was not a major player in the Mediterranean world of the time by any means. Their one redeeming factor was that they absorbed...
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The Victoriatus and United States Half Dollar

June 1, 2011
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The victoriatus was a silver coin minted during the time of the Roman Republic, originally minted around 221 BC. The obverse of the coin featured the bust of Jupiter,...
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Roman Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum

April 1, 2011
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The Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge boasts of being the "finest small museum in Europe." Its history dates back to 1816, when Viscount Richard Fitzwilliam left his...
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How Constantine turned the Roman Mint Upside Down

April 1, 2011
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Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus (c. 272-337), or Constantine the Great, was Emperor of Rome from 306 to 337. During the reign of Constantine, the persecution of Christians ceased and...
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