New Books by AIA Members
The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98

by Nathan T. Elkins

Oxford University Press (August, 2017)

This book takes the entire imperial coinage program issued by the mint of Rome to examine the "self-representation," and, by extension, the policies and ideals of Nerva's regime. The brevity of Nerva's reign and the problems of retrospection caused by privileging posthumous literary sources make coinage one of the only ways of reconstructing anything of his image and ideology as it was disseminated and developed at the end of the first century during the emperor's lifetime.