Panel for the Ninth Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin, 22-25 June 2016
Anton Powell (Classical Press of Wales) and Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin-Madison) invite proposals for papers (of 35 minutes each) on coinage as contemporary evidence for the Roman revolutionary age (49 BC - AD 14). It is hoped that papers will serve, collectively, to show the diversity of personal and factional approaches to warfare, politics and ideals over this period of over 60 years. In particular, the choice of ideals advertised on coins may, it is hoped, serve to characterize not only warlords and factions, but the desires, expectations and fears of the wider populations to which these messages in metal were directed. The organizers of the panel believe that contemporary coins form a uniquely rich, but undervalued, source for mentalities over the period. Far more thoroughly than literature after 43 BC, coins of Republican inspiration escaped the retrospective viewpoints of the Augustan regime. Seen in their diversity, the coins – eminently forward-looking in their themes – variously challenge and illuminate narratives of an inevitable rise of Julian rule. Here were numerous individuals and groups who still saw other possible outcomes. And their views, however ephemeral, help to explain how the faction that was ultimately victorious contrived the policies and propaganda that it did.
Participants are invited to examine the relation of coin-messages not only to familiar narratives derived from historical and biographic texts, but also to contemporary writings in other genres – poetic and epigraphic. Papers may be delivered either in English or in French. Participants should plan to attend the Ninth Celtic Conference in Classics for its duration, from 22-25 June 2016 at University College Dublin.
It is intended that a collective volume involving papers from this panel will appear as part of the series `Roman Culture in an Age of Civil War' from Classical Press of Wales. Interested scholars are invited to send 300-word proposals to both <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com> by 1 March 2016.