Department Seminar: “Commemorating the Dead While Promoting the Living: Family Members on Julio-Claudian Coinage” (Gwynaeth McIntyre, University of Otago, New Zealand)

This talk focuses on the importance of deceased family members for emperor’s self-promotion. Using coins from the collection housed at the Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand, it presents three case studies (Tiberius’ promotion of Augustus – his father, Caligula’s promotion of Nero and Drusus – his brothers, and Claudius’ promotion of Drusus – his father) in order to examine the evolution of ideas, innovations in imagery, symbols of power, and the role that coinage played in the emperor’s own self-fashioning.