Holiday Promotion: Special pricing and free books now available in the Bookstore, through December 23. Learn More

Numismatics
Ruler: Caracalla, Roman Emperor, A.D. 188–217, ruled A.D. 198–217
Mint: Smyrna
Artist: Unknown

Uncertain denomination of Caracalla

198–217

Bronze

23.64 g, 6:00, 25.00 mm
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund
2003.20.1

Readers of ancient sources such as Dio Chrysostom, Aelius Aristides, and above all Pliny the Younger are aware that one of the damaging aspects of allowing cities relative freedom was the competition that arose among them. One object of this competition was the title neokoros, “Temple Warden,” which was bestowed by the emperor in granting permission for a temple to be built in honor of himself. Smyrna had three of these, portrayed on the reverse of this coin; they are labeled above “of the Augusti,” and the city is proclaimed “first three times neokorate,” a title also claimed by Ephesus and Pergamum.

Geography: 
Made in Smyrna, Ionia
Culture: 
Roman
Period: 
Imperial
Classification: 
Numismatics
Status: 
By appointment
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.