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Tokens in Roman Athens


Tokens in Roman Imperial Athens are related to the ambitions of the civic elite to maintain status. Gods and heroes can be interpreted as the badge of influential clans and families (Hermes on Agora IL227, Theseus and the Minotaur on Agora IL1326). Tokens would have been distributed in gift exchange and for entrance to banquets and festivals (cf. the 'panathenaic' iconography of the token Agora IL1080). Some of the series have a distinct archaistic style (cf. Agora IL218). The Demos personified as Alexander the Great (cf. Agora IL1095) or as a mature venerable man (cf. Agora IL240) is also present.