Friday, January 16, 2009

Memory in Greek and Roman Coins: Call for Papers

Bill Metcalf has circulated the Call for Papers for a organized session on "Memory in Greek and Roman Coins" at the 111th AIA/APA Joint Annual Meeting in January 2010. The session is sponsored by the Friends of Numismatics:


The Friends of Numismatics invite paper submissions for the 2010 AIA/APA annual meetings in Orange County (Anaheim), CA, on the topic of memory. How do coin types transmit, record, and alter memory? And to what purpose? How accurate is their historical transmission of places, events, and people? How do they portray illustrious men and women of the past? Are foundation legends and founding heroes an expression of memory?

How do Hellenistic rulers, Roman Republican moneyers, or Roman emperors use portraits and divinization as self-representation? Why and how did Trajan "restore" so many denarial types of the Roman Republic? Why did Titus commemorate and "restore" the images of the "good" emperors? The negation of memory, damnatio memoriae, could be just as powerful a tool for political propaganda.

Please send abstracts of a maximum of 250 words to Jane Miller, Yale University Art Gallery, P. O. Box 208271, New Haven, CT 06520-8271 (<>) by February 15, 2009. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously by at least two reviewers. All persons who submit abstracts must be APA members in good standing.