Angela Berthold, "Die Darstellung von Raum auf griechischen Münzen", in: eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 1 (2011), 69–98


Images on Greek coins serve as a means of identifying the sights and inhabitants of the city-states that minted them. The reproduction of spaces and places in face design is an interesting phenomenon: alongside actually existing places, face design also depicts imaginary spatial structures representative of the city that issued the coins. This study shows, within the scope of a collection of artifacts, which spatial configurations were portrayed on archaic and classical Greek coins, and why these were chosen to characterize and represent their respective cities. Widely dispersed geographically and produced in rapid succession, Greek coins, more than almost any other art form, present an excellent opportunity for a visual-studies analysis of the representation of space and spatiality in antiquity.

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Gerd Graßhoff and Michael Meyer (Eds.), eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 1 (2011), Berlin: Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi