Propagating Legitimacy

Propagating Legitimacy

Throughout this class we have discussed the necessity to maintain an image of legitimacy in regards to ruling the Roman Empire. Vespasian minted the first coin in 73 AD and the obverse shows Domitian as Caesar. This was a title that was given to him without any real power, a theme that will be continued by his brother Titus. The second coin is virtually the same image, but Titus minted it nearly eight years later in 80-81 AD. The Flavian Dynasty began from a power vacuum with the year of four emperors so they wanted to maintain and propagate the image of their lineage and heirs.


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