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Dr. Elkins Delivers Keynote Lecture for International Numismatics Conference at the JFRC

Dr. Elkins Delivers Keynote Lecture for International Numismatics Conference at the JFRC

Dr. Nathan T. Elkins, Associate Professor of Art History at Baylor University in Texas and a specialist in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, delivered a lecture at the JFRC on the representation of architectural monuments and buildings on coins during the Early Roman Empire. His presentation, entitled "The Choice of Architectural Coin Types in the Early Roman Empire", was the keynote address in an international numismatics seminar called "Coins in the City – Coinage as a historical source from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period: the case of Rome”. The seminar was a collaboration between the Royal Netherlands Institute Rome (KNIR – Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome), the German Archaeological Institute (DAI – Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom), OIKOS (National Research School for Classical Studies in the Netherlands), Radboud University Nijmegen, and the John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago.

Based on many examples, presented to the audience in a series of beautiful images, Dr. Elkins argued that the emperor of Rome often did not choose the images that adorned Roman imperial coins, contrary to the belief of many scholars. His new approach to a 2000-year-old question convincingly posits that individuals surrounding the emperor often suggested which architectural representations ought to be depicted on these very coins, in an attempt to flatter the emperor.