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The emperor's family on coins (third century): Ideology of stability in times of unrest

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In many of his multifaceted studies Lukas de Blois has discussed different aspects of the conception of third-century emperorship and of the views on virtues and qualities of emperors. The last years of discussion made it obvious that not only careful analysis and the consideration of long-term-developments, but also the acceptance of the imperative to sustain antagonisms in ancient authors and to point out the differences of and in sources, authors, inscriptions, coins, monuments, may as well add insights into the concepts of emperor and emperorship in the third century. This chapter aims to add one more facet to the complicated issue of third-century conceptions of power and authority. It starts with an overview of dynastic themes on imperial coinage and then gives some examples of variations, traditions and innovations of this specific imperial imagery and ideology of the period concerned.

Keywords: imperial coinage; Lukas de Blois; third-century emperorship

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