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The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98

Nathan T. Elkins


Nerva ruled from September AD 96 to January 98. His short reign provided little public building and monumental art, and study of Nerva has been the province of the historian, who often relies on textual sources written after his death. History has judged Nerva as an emperor who lacked the respect of the Praetorians and armed forces, and who was vulnerable to coercion. The most complete record of state-sanctioned art from Nerva’s reign is his imperial coinage, frequently studied with historical hindsight and thus characterized as “hopeful,” “apologetic,” or otherwise relating the anxiety of the ... More

Keywords: Nerva, Domitian, Trajan, coins, panegyric, poetry, Roman art, archaeology, coin hoards, coin finds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190648039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan T. Elkins, author
Associate Professor of Art History, Baylor University