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Images on Roman coins

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Coin of Augustus
Coin of Augustus

The decline of the Roman republic changed the iconography of coins. During the reign of Julius Caesar, he first appeared in 44 BCE on the Roman coin as an image of a living man – the dictator of the time. This custom quickly found numerous followers. During the battles fought after the death of Caesar by the leaders of the falling Republic, almost all: Mark Antony, Octavian, Sextus Pompey, and even the defender of republican traditions – Marcus Junius Brutus, put their own image on the coins.

  • Wipszycka Ewa, Vademecum historyka starożytnej Grecji i Rzymu, PWN, Warszawa 1982

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