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Roman Ladies

From sinners to saints, mistresses to matriarchs - the gallery of Roman Imperial women is at once rich and revealing. Faustina on denarius To be sure, we know much more about the lives of a relative handful of powerful individuals, as opposed to the vast and obscure body of anonymous Romans of both sexes. Yet, as in the Imperial locus the old Roman aristocracy was gradually replaced by an increasingly provincial and militaristic meritocracy of often humble origins, so do their life tales tend to reveal a more representative cross-section of this complex society. And as usual, the nature of the Roman monetary system as a vehicle of public propaganda allowed much of this to be mirrored on coinage. The frequency of their appearance, the selection of titles that accompany them, the choice of symbolic reverse types - all these open an interesting window on ancient Roman women and the society that they lived in.

Search for Roman denarii with representations of some Roman Imperial women.