By Karsten Dahmen
This awesome introductory survey collects, offers and examines, for the first actual time, the pics and representations of Alexander the nice at the historic cash of the Greek and Roman period.
From 320 BC to advert four hundred, Karsten Dahmen examines not just Alexander’s personal coinage and the posthumous coinages of his successors, but additionally the re-use of his picture by means of rulers from the Greek global and the Roman empire, to past due antiquity.
Also together with numismatic fabric that exceeds all prior released works, and well-illustrated, this old survey brings Alexander and his legacy to life.
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In contrast to earlier examples, the hair is now represented not by smaller, vividly curled locks but by bigger and much less wavy strands. The addition of a goat serves as the city’s badge and emphasises the link with the founding legend. The next appearance of Alexander in Aigeai does not take place until the time of Macrinus and then presumably as a part of this city’s attempts to show loyalty to the new emperor and possibly to gain privileges in return. There are three examples of Alexander’s conventional diademed portrait combined with one of Macrinus148 or more commonly Diadumenian149 on the obverse.
Seyrig233 suggested that the bust of young man in full armour be called Alexander. Spijkerman234 even identified a single bull’s horn growing up from the head and related it to Alexander. 235 There is on the other hand some evidence for Seleukid activity in Abila, and such a bull’s horn raised upright is more prominent with Seleukos I than with Alexander (who appears with the curved ram’s horn of Zeus Ammon instead, see plate 8). 239 Fortunately the obverse legends name Alexander as the founder of this city, securing this identification.
The reverse features chest 18 IMAGES OF ALEXANDER and chair, attributes of the Roman Quaestor, a finance officer in the province’s administration, along with his name Aesillas and title (Q = Quaestor). 102 The portrait of Alexander deserves closer examination for a number of reasons: it has the stylistic features of late Hellenistic art, especially a very expressive and baroque rendering of Alexander’s physiognomy. 103 There is also a chronological development in Alexander’s portrait within the 20 years or so of issue.