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5-9 April 2022

Roman Archaeology Conference in Split

CN takes part at the session COINAGE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE ILLYRICUM AND THE DANUBIAN PROVINCES: NEW THOUGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES.

Based on the rich numismatic tradition, the paper entitled "The light-bringing deities in Roman Thrace and Moesia" presents the Roman provincial coins of Thracian and Moesian cities that show deities with torches. These are primarily coins with images of Artemis and Demeter. The paper discusses the different iconographies, as well as the chronological and geographical distribution of these types. Already Herodotus mentions Artemis as one of the most worshiped deities in Thrace. Although the local cult of Artemis Phosphoros, as reflected in the archaeological and epigraphic sources of the fourth through the first centuries BC, has already attracted scholarly attention, her role in the typology of the autonomous and Roman-period coins has not been sufficiently explored. Here, for the first time, an overview of the typological constants and variables of the female deities carrying one or two torches as an attribute
will be provided, using the advances of the web portal www.corpus-nummorum.eu. Thus, using this data, the religious traditions in Thrace and Moesia in Roman times will be examined in a comparative manner.

Author: Ulrike Peter