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Honouring Ancestors: The Dynamic Of Deification

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The expenditures of funerals can be easily joked about as attested by the quote from Ambrose Bierce. The emphasis on the divinity of the dynasty was paramount. One could even make the argument that this section of Trajan's restoration series was aimed at higher echelons of society, since they are issued in gold, whereas the prototypes were denarii, and the Flavians and Nerva struck their restoration coins in bronze, following bronze prototypes. Finally, the dynastic framework behind the adoptive system further increased the prominence of the imperial women, whose family ties were paramount in the succession policy.

Keywords: deification; echelons; Flavians; Nerva; Trajan



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