Abstract: The Capitoline on Coins: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Roman Temple
The biggest and most important of Rome's temples, the Capitoline Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus was the first temple ever to appear on Rome's coinage.
It was also one of the most repeatedly represented buildings in the city.
This lecture focuses on the numismatic evidence for the Temple of Jupiter, with primary attention to the question of how the coins can help us visualize the temple.
Along the way, we will consider how three additional data sets affect our reading of the coinage:
We will consider how apparently objective images, both ancient and modern, make the viewer deity-like by presenting the temple as
The coinage also raises several methodological issues:
Finally, I argue that the ancient concept of mimesis provides the most useful lens for analyzing architectural representations both ancient and modern because it prompts consideration of artistic intent and audience response.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
P.V. Hill (1989) The Monuments of Ancient Rome as Coin Types