Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Propaganda and Communication on ancient Greek coins: setting the principles

Sep 16, 2022, 9:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall


Nikolaos Petropoulos (University of Aegean)


There is no novelty in suggesting the importance of ancient Greek coins as means of propaganda and communication; coinage from its first occurrence in ancient Greece is considered as both an economic and political act since coins provided an exceptional canvas on which political groups and communities represented to themselves and others their views on the world. Furthermore, ancient Greek poleis as minting authorities used their coins to send various iconographical and ideological messages to the members of their community, and to people outside of it, generating, thus, a sense of civic or ethnic identity. Hence, ancient Greek coinages examined from this aspect and within their particular historical contexts offer good insight into the complex political and economic relationships between the Greek cities, and into the processes that led to the formation or change of the local identities.

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Nikolaos Petropoulos (University of Aegean)

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