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See the selfies of the most important people of antiquity! Experience their world through the images they commissioned for their coins.
Ancient Selfies celebrates a unique resource that few people know much about - ancient coins. Hand stamped from dies engraved by artisans more than 2,000 years ago, these ancient art miniatures replaced barter and became the world's first social media.
Ancient rulers realized the power coins had to shape impressions and influence their subjects and trading partners. With carefully selected images, they used their coins to convey messages of strength and power, to celebrate accomplishments and beliefs and, sometimes, to deceive. In so doing, they left a permanent record of images that let us see the ancient world as the ancients themselves saw it.
This book invites you to join the author on a personal journey to the distant past, one illuminated by the hand stamped coins ancient rulers issued. The images on these coins say something direct about who our ancestors were, how they acted, and what they did to shape the world we live in. Like modern day selfies, they provide unique, first-person glimpses into the lives and times of the rulers who produced them.
The world revealed on these ancient selfies is the world of Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Hannibal, Homer, Spartacus, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, Marc Antony and Cleopatra. It is a world of Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Celts and Persians that refined art and literature and built the institutional foundations that support our 21st century way of living. But it was also a world of physical hardship where even the wealthy lived without conveniences we take for granted.
Visit this fascinating and important part of our past. Experience it in a new way. Spend time with the coins our ancestors left behind and contemplate their world as they saw it.
150+ images include 125+ images of ancient coins | 560 BC to 20 BC.
bound: 350 pages
publisher: Read Janus LLC (March 14, 2017)
filesize: 170182 KB