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

Session

S15. GREECE 15. DECODING THE MESSAGE: REVIEWING PROPAGANDA, COMMUNICATION AND LOCAL IDENTITIES ON THE COINAGES OF CLASSICAL AND HELLENISTIC CRETE

S15
Sep 16, 2022, 9:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Conveners

S15. GREECE 15. DECODING THE MESSAGE: REVIEWING PROPAGANDA, COMMUNICATION AND LOCAL IDENTITIES ON THE COINAGES OF CLASSICAL AND HELLENISTIC CRETE

  • Manolis I. Stefanakis (University of Aegean)

Description

Org. and chair Manolis I. Stefanakis

Propaganda, as a means of communicating information, is primarily used to influence an audience, and to further an agenda. It may not be objective and may be presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception since the motives are usually political or religious. Although it has been a popular subject of research both in archaeology and history, its concept is barely researched for coinages of autonomous Greek poleis, and tends to focus rather on Roman (mostly Imperial) coinages. Whenever the subject is touched upon in Greek numismatics, scholars (archaeologists and historians), very often neglect to appropriately address and classify propaganda phenomena with reference to the classifications established by social scientists.
The aim of this session is to review the models of communication and propaganda, as well as all stages and components of the process of propaganda; to re-consider propaganda and communication on the Greek coins to identify the main axes of the monetary propaganda of the classical and Hellenistic era; next, the possibility of targeting propaganda messages encoded on coins struck by various Cretan mints from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC and confirmed by written testimonies. The analysis of the imagery placed on Cretan coins suggests that different types were intended primarily for the inhabitants of other cities, commemorating important traditions, and thus supported locality and ethnicity, and implied supremacy over subordinated cities, as well as economic control of the weaker.

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