Coin depicting Caracalla.
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

The Coins of Caracalla

This presentation will discuss the coins of the Emperor Caracalla during his sole rule from AD 212 to 217 as part of his overall public image. The coins of Caracalla, in addition to portraits, inscriptions and public buildings, were an important part of displaying the public image of the emperor both to Rome as well as the rest of the Empire. Generally remembered by ancient authors for being one of the 'bad' emperors, through his coins Caracalla presented himself as a generous emperor, minting large quantities of the liberalitas type coin. These coin types were representative of three major acts undertaken early on in his rule: the construction of the Baths of Caracalla, the Constitutio Antoniniana and the pay rise given to the soldiers.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.