The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has published the latest Money Talks lecture on their YouTube Channel. The lecture, open to ANS members, was held online for the first time last month due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Normally the lecture series is hosted at the ANS’ New York offices. The lecture was recorded and published to the Society’s YouTube channel yesterday.
In this particular lecture, Dr. Lucia Carbone discusses the coinage of Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
Curator of Roman Coinage, Dr. Lucia Carbone, hosts a Money Talks session on the coinage of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Money Talks are an informal series of talks typically held at the American Numismatic Society once a month.
Mark Antony is one of the most fascinating and contradictory figures in the history of Late Republic Rome. Oblivious of his legitimate Roman wife Octavia and of his duty towards Rome, he allegedly submitted to the degraded East, represented by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII Eupator. However, his passion for Cleopatra could be seen as a way to establish a privileged relationship between the Roman Empire and Egypt, the cradle of an ancient culture but also a key provider of wheat. On the other hand, Cleopatra, a woman who could speak seven languages and had lived for years in Rome, likely saw in Mark Antony a fascinating and capable partner in the creation of a Roman-Egyptian dynasty in the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. Coinage represented a central element in Antony and Cleopatra’s dynastic propaganda. Their monetary policy in the East represented a real ‘revolution’, a turning point for the coinage produced and circulating in the Eastern provinces of the Empire. In the iconography, the medium and the weight of their coins, Antony and Cleopatra introduced radical changes that became the norm in the Imperial Age.American Numismatic Society