Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Graphic and material codes distinguished broad categories of written language during the Classical period


Tetradrachm signed by Eucleidas circa 405-400 bC.

A fast quadriga driven by a female charioteer, holding reins in hand and raising a flaming torch while Nike is flying to crown her.

other side: Head of Athena facing three-quarters wearing double-hook earring, necklace of pendant acorns with central gorgoneion-medallion and triple-crested Attic helmet on whose bowl signature ΕVΚ − ΛΕΙΔ. On both sides, two dolphins swim downwards.

what's the deal?

The coin embodies value and serves as a cultural symbol.

coinage is an act of collective faith grounded in social conventions.

you believe that it has intrinsic value.