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By Donald T. Ariel, Jean-Philippe Fontanille

Herod, ruler of Judea at a pivotal time (40–4 BCE) within the region’s background, was once Rome’s most famed consumer king. during this quantity, Herod’s coinage merits from a finished reappraisal. The cash and dies were completely tested, leading to cutting edge iconographic and technological interpretations. research of the cash’ presence in hoards, their archaeological contexts and geographical distribution, including different typological, epigraphic and numismatic observations, have aided in constructing that each one of the categories have been minted in Jerusalem. a brand new relative chronology of Herod’s dated and undated cash is an important derivative of this examine. eventually, an test is made to peg this seriation to identified occasions in the king’s reign.

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Or, could the bronzes have been struck in expectation that the emperor would himself distribute some silver coins during his imperial visit? The occasions on which Herod’s Roman mentors handed out coin gifts to the populace—and at the same time a donativum to the troops—generally included the accession of a new emperor, the naming or coming of age of an heir, the anniversary of their accession (celebrated in ten-year periods, decennalia and vicennalia; Bastien 1988) and the holding of a triumph (Duncan-Jones 1994:86; van Berchem 1939:144).

221), or as Thackeray reworded it in the parallel in BJ: “imperial financial officer for the province” (BJ, Books I–III 1927:329 n. g), entailed responsibility for the finances of that province. 400). Thackeray translated the adverb Josephus used in introducing this sentence as “thenceforth” and then offered an alternative translation in a footnote: “thanks to this favoured position” (BJ, Books I–III 1927:188 n. b). Herod’s favored position indeed began at this time. In Josephus’ narrative an exposition on Herod’s “piety”—Josephus’ term for 15 benefactions—follows.

Rocca (2008:212) has estimated that some 50,000 people were employed in Herod’s building projects. Farmers could work on these building projects during their off-season, and supplement their income. Others who did not work in construction also benefited from the fact that money was put into the hands of more people to buy their agricultural produce (Pastor 2003:164). In this section we are interested in the financing of these projects. With respect to the projects outside Herod’s realm it would make sense that they were financed by monetary transfers, and that the construction was a fully foreign affair.

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