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Kings, Emperors, Gods: What Coins Tell Us about Sardis

Bronze coin of Sardis, Lydia, 3rd–1st century BC. Obverse: head of bearded Herakles to right. Reverse: Apollo standing, holding a crow and a laurel branch. © Archaeological Exploration of Sardis.

Bronze coin of Sardis, Lydia, 3rd–1st century BC. Obverse: head of bearded Herakles to right. Reverse: Apollo standing, holding a crow and a laurel branch. © Archaeological Exploration of Sardis.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Kings, Emperors, Gods: What Coins Tell Us about Sardis
Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Memorial Lecture

Jane DeRose Evans, Professor of Art History, Temple University

Coins from the reign of Croesus to that of the Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Paleologos have been found in the modern excavations of Sardis, in Turkey. We will explore what images the changing dynasties at Sardis put on their coins, and why we find coins in the ruins of many different buildings, such as the ancient temple of Diana, the synagogue, the Imperial Temple, the theater, and the houses of Sardis.

Reception to follow lecture.

Free admission.

Complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.

To honor the memory of renowned numismatist and scholar Leo Mildenberg (1912–2001) and his years of friendship with Harvard University, a fund was established by his friends and colleagues and endowed in 2005 by his wife, Ilse Mildenberg-Seehausen.