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Trajanic building projects on base-metal denominations and audience targeting1

  • Annalisa Marzano (a1)
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La monetazione imperiale è generalmente riconosciuta come uno dei mezzi usati dall'amministrazione centrale per diffondere messaggi ideologici specifici, anche se la misura in cui messaggi particolari potevano essere compresi dall'ampio spettro della società romana rimane oggetto di dibattito. Ancora più problematica resta la questione se specifici tipi monetali erano scelti in base alle differenti denominazioni (metalli preziosi rispetto a metalli vili), quindi tenendo in conto il sostrato sociale e geografico del potenziale fruitore delle monete. Lo studio vuole indagare la possibilità dello sviluppo di messaggi diversi a seconda delle utenze nelle monete traianee recanti tipi architettonici della zecca di Roma, e quindi compara queste questioni con monete simili emesse sotto gli imperatori Flavii e Adriano. L'analisi spiega come i progetti edilizi che avevano una rilevanza primaria per la popolazione di Roma, come il restauro del Circo Massimo, furono ricordati solo su monete di metallo non preziosi, mentre progetti che avevano una più ampia risonanza nell'impero, come è il caso del Foro di Traiano, furono rappresentati su monete di metalli preziosi, mostrando quindi che in casi specifici può essere individuato un chiaro modello dello sviluppo di messaggi diversi a seconda delle utenze.

La monetazione imperiale è generalmente riconosciuta come uno dei mezzi usati dall'amministrazione centrale per diffondere messaggi ideologici specifici, anche se la misura in cui messaggi particolari potevano essere compresi dall'ampio spettro della società romana rimane oggetto di dibattito. Ancora più problematica resta la questione se specifici tipi monetali erano scelti in base alle differenti denominazioni (metalli preziosi rispetto a metalli vili), quindi tenendo in conto il sostrato sociale e geografico del potenziale fruitore delle monete. Lo studio vuole indagare la possibilità dello sviluppo di messaggi diversi a seconda delle utenze nelle monete traianee recanti tipi architettonici della zecca di Roma, e quindi compara queste questioni con monete simili emesse sotto gli imperatori Flavii e Adriano. L'analisi spiega come i progetti edilizi che avevano una rilevanza primaria per la popolazione di Roma, come il restauro del Circo Massimo, furono ricordati solo su monete di metallo non preziosi, mentre progetti che avevano una più ampia risonanza nell'impero, come è il caso del Foro di Traiano, furono rappresentati su monete di metalli preziosi, mostrando quindi che in casi specifici può essere individuato un chiaro modello dello sviluppo di messaggi diversi a seconda delle utenze.

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