TitreThe Emperor’s New Hair: Imitation and Innovation in Coin Portraits in the Post-Roman West, 5th-9th Centuries
Type de publicationArticle de colloque/conférence
Année de publication2014
AuteursFlorence Codine
Nom du colloqueInternational Medieval Congress 2014 (IMC 2014) : session 121 : Coining and Sealing Empire in the Middle Ages
Date de la réunion2014/07/07
OrganisateurInstitute for Medieval Studies
Lieu du colloqueLeeds, University of Leeds
Résumé

During the Middle Ages, coins and seals served crucial political and ideological purposes beyond their most basic functions, which, for coins, was their use as a commercial means of exchange (i.e., currency), and, for seals, to validate and authenticate documents. The principal official material symbols attesting to the identity and to the legitimacy of those in power, they were uniquely positioned to function as cultural signifiers charged with social, religious, and especially, political meaning. This session investigates ways that coins and seals served as vehicles of meaning and signification, conveying imperial messages, and contributing to the concept of 'empire' in the medieval period.

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