Rome's rise to power. Geochemical analysis of silver coinage from the Western Mediterranean (fourth to second centuries BCE)

  • We present the results of geochemical analysis of silver coinage issued by Rome and dated between the fourth and second century BCE, which are complemented by data of coinage issued by Carthage, the Brettii, and the Greek colony of Emporion. Each of these minting authorities represents one of the major parties involved in the struggle for hegemony in the fourth to second centuries BCE Western Mediterranean region. This study retraces how the metal supply shifts in response to the transforming power relations and how this change is related to Rome's rise to the virtually uncontested ruler of the region.
Author:Katrin Julia WestnerGND, Thomas BirchORCiDGND, Fleur KemmersORCiDGND, Sabine KleinGND, Heidi E. HöferORCiD, Hans-Michael SeitzGND
Parent Title (English):Archaeometry
Place of publication:Oxford [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/02/10
Date of first Publication:2020/02/10
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/08
Tag:Pb isotopes; Rome; Second Punic War; Western Mediterranean; silver coinage; trace elements
Page Number:16
First Page:577
Last Page:592
This work was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (under the Lichtenberg scheme), whosefinancial support is thankfully acknowledged. FIERCE is financially supported by the Wilhelmand Else Heraeus Foundation and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, INST 161/921-1 FUGG and INST 161/923-1 FUGG), which is gratefully acknowledged. This is FIERCEcontribution No. 11.
Institutes:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften
Geowissenschaften / Geographie
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 54 Chemie / 540 Chemie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
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