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Coinage as Propaganda: Alexander and His Successors


Wheatley, P and Dunn, C, Coinage as Propaganda: Alexander and His Successors, Alexander the Great and Propaganda, Routledge, J Walsh and E Baynham (ed), UK, pp. 162-198. ISBN 9781315114408 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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Numismatic evidence is an incredibly useful primary source for the study of history and can convey a great deal of valuable information. Although coinage served a practical function as currency, nonetheless, design choices for individual coins can be very revealing about the time in which they were issued and can provide insight into the politics and policies of the issuing authority. This is especially true in the case of Alexander the Great and his Successors, also known as the Diadochoi, as their coinage is very reflective of their ambitions and the dynamic political situation in which they operated. Both Alexander and the Successors made extensive and sophisticated use of coinage for propaganda purposes, and the images chosen by these men for their coin types were intended to highlight aspects of their leadership that they wished to advertise. This chapter discusses both Alexander’s numismatic policies, and how these developed and influenced those of his Successors.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:numismatics, classics, Alexander the Great, propaganda
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Classical Greek and Roman history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Dunn, C (Dr Charlotte Dunn)
ID Code:144065
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2021-04-19
Last Modified:2022-05-13

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