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Paper

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Rivalry through Games

Abstract

Subject: History- Severan dynasty

Motivation: As a researcher on the Severan Provincial Coinage database last summer, I became interested in the coinages of two neighboring cities in Cilicia, Anazarbus and Tarsus. Each city advertised festivals and games on their coinage. I noticed that although the themes were similar, the cities seemed to favor different emperors. I wanted to know why they differed in this aspect.

Thesis: Anazarbus and Tarsus competed fiercely with one another for dominance over the koinon of Cilicia; this is evident by examining the numismatic evidence of both cities and their usage of festivals/games on these coins.

Methodology: I researched modern scholarship on civic festivals and games in order to gain a sense of their importance in civic identity. I then examined the coinage of Anazarbus and Tarsus found in the Severan provincial coinage database.

Conclusions: Through my research, I will show that the numismatic evidence supports the rivalry between the cities of Anazarbus and Tarsus. I will then show the purpose of using festivals and coinage on cities. i will then show which city I believed to have been the most successful in the rivalry, basing my conclusion on the data, as observed by analyzing the coins.

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Social Sciences

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Research Assistant

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Dr. Julie Langford

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Rivalry through Games

Subject: History- Severan dynasty

Motivation: As a researcher on the Severan Provincial Coinage database last summer, I became interested in the coinages of two neighboring cities in Cilicia, Anazarbus and Tarsus. Each city advertised festivals and games on their coinage. I noticed that although the themes were similar, the cities seemed to favor different emperors. I wanted to know why they differed in this aspect.

Thesis: Anazarbus and Tarsus competed fiercely with one another for dominance over the koinon of Cilicia; this is evident by examining the numismatic evidence of both cities and their usage of festivals/games on these coins.

Methodology: I researched modern scholarship on civic festivals and games in order to gain a sense of their importance in civic identity. I then examined the coinage of Anazarbus and Tarsus found in the Severan provincial coinage database.

Conclusions: Through my research, I will show that the numismatic evidence supports the rivalry between the cities of Anazarbus and Tarsus. I will then show the purpose of using festivals and coinage on cities. i will then show which city I believed to have been the most successful in the rivalry, basing my conclusion on the data, as observed by analyzing the coins.