Raffigurazioni di Eracle nella monetazione delle zecche apule: persistenza di un modello iconografico greco

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Depictions of Heracles in the coinage of the Apulian mints: persistence of a Greek iconographic model

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay examines the eraclean coin issue on apule emissions, subdividing it into three categories: images of the head and bust of Heracles; full-length images of Heracles; subjects referring to the hero, recalling his mythical deeds (club, club and bow; bow and quiver; lion). The research has highlighted how the twelve mints that draw on the myth of the hero (Arpi, Ausculum, Canusium, Luceria, Tiate, Venusia, Caelia, Mateola, Rubi, Sidis, Orra, Uxentum) are limited sometimes to reproduce elaborate models on Greek or Roman magno coinage, but they are also able to elaborate original subjects, as is the bust of Heracles on ounces of Venusia from series III, which represents the hero to the waist, with the complete view of the right arm holding the club. It has also been established that the representation of Heracles was not used as a fixed type for a specific nominal, unlike what happens on the Roman enea coinage. As for the chronological distribution of the theme, despite the difficulty that still remains in dating the apulian coin production punctually, it appears to have been used from the III to the I century BC, with a maximum attestation of presences in the period of the second Punic war. As for the geographical distribution, it appears to be documented on issues of Daunia, Peucezia and Messapia mints, with a concentration of attestations in Daunia. The spread of the eraclea theme on apulic coinage is confirmed by the diffusion in the region of the cult of the hero since the archaic age, both in the form of official worship and in the form of domestic worship.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Depictions of Heracles in the coinage of the Apulian mints: persistence of a Greek iconographic model
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationI Greci in Adriatico, 1, Atti del Convegno Internazionalebracc
Pages255-277
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventI greci in Adriatico - Urbino
Duration: 21 Oct 199924 Oct 1999

Publication series

NameHesperia

Conference

ConferenceI greci in Adriatico
CityUrbino
Period21/10/9924/10/99

Keywords

  • Eracle
  • Iconografia monetale
  • Monetazione apula

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