Roman coins

The Roman Cultural Revolution and the Caecilii Metelli

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 6th May 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
  • Admission: FREE Online
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Daniel Lowes (University of Liverpool)

By 146 BCE Rome was ascendent, Carthage, Macedon and Greece where all under the watchful gaze of the Italian Republic. After this time too there was a shift in the cultural output and interest of Rome spurred on by conquest and control. While the term ‘Revolution’ is perhaps a little strong, it does sum up the impact of the Caecilii Metelli for the middle and late Roman Republic. Looking at the campaigns of Macedonicus and his looting and returning of Greek Art as well as the cultural support of his direct family, looking closely at this family could highlight in more detail how the leading families of Rome impacted cultural and social change. A discussion will be had on the growing wealth and population of the city of Rome and the impact that the ‘Mediterranean Hinterland’ had on the city including the development of public space and Roman art. The focus however will be on the culture that the Metelli; stole, supported and produced, as well as the coins of the younger family members produced in the late 2nd Century BCE.

Please email Rachael Cornwell ( or Daniel Lowes ( for the zoom link.

(Image courtesy of the Money Museum)