87. Melita e Gaulos: due identità territoriali a confronto attraverso il documento monetale

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] 87. Melita and Gaulos: two territorial identities compared through the monetary document

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Abstract

In the years following the Roman conquest in 218 BC, Melita and Gaulos started to produce their own bronze coinage. The largest island in the Maltese archipelago struck 11 issues. The last one was minted at the end of the Republican age, when Gaulos also minted its only issue. Their coinage is very different in terms of types and languages. Melita uses a multiplicity of types and all of them are religious images (heads of divinities, gods, objects or animals related to them). The legends are written in Punic, Greek or Latin. On the contrary, the coins from Gaulos have military types: a helmeted female head on the obverse and a warrior on the reverse. The inscriptions are always in Greek. The aim of this paper is to study how the identity of the two islands is expressed by their coins, comparing their types and legends with literary sources, archaeological and epigraphical evidence and coins minted in Roman times by towns in Sicily.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] 87. Melita and Gaulos: two territorial identities compared through the monetary document
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationMoneta e identità territoriale: dalla polis antica alla civitas medievale
Pages197-212
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventIncontro internazionale di studio del Lexicon Iconographicum Numismatica - Bologna
Duration: 12 Sep 201313 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameSEMATA E SIGNA

Conference

ConferenceIncontro internazionale di studio del Lexicon Iconographicum Numismatica
CityBologna
Period12/9/1313/9/13

Keywords

  • Iconografia monetale
  • Monetazione età romana repubblicana
  • Zecche di Melita e Gaulos

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