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The Age of Gallienus
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Ancient Glass
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Anonymous Folles
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Armenian Numismatics Page
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A Cabinet of Greek Coins
Caesarean and Actian Eras
Campgates of Constantine
A Case of Counterfeits
Byzantine Christian Themes
Clashed Dies
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Corinth Coins and Cults
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Danubian Celts
Damnatio Coinage
Damnatio Memoriae
Denarii of Otho
Diameter 101
Die Alignment 101
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
ERIC - Rarity Tables
Etruscan Alphabet
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
The Gallic Empire
Gallienus Zoo
Greek Alphabet
Greek Coins
Greek Dates
Greek Coin Denominations
Greek Mythology Link
Greek Numismatic Dictionary
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Hasmonean Dynasty
Helvetica's ID Help Page
The Hexastyle Temple of Caligula
Historia Numorum
Horse Harnesses
Identifying Ancient Metal Arrowheads
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Important Collection Auctions
Islamic Rulers and Dynasties
Julian II: The Beard and the Bull
Kushan Coins
People in the Bible Who Issued Coins
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Later Roman Coinage
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
List of Kings of Judea
Malloy Weapons
Maps of the Ancient World
Military Belts
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Nabataean Alphabet
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The [Not] Cuirassed Elephant
Not in RIC
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Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
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Parthian Coins
Patina 101
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Reading Judean Coins
Representations of Alexander the Great
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Roman Militaria
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Rome and China
Satyrs and Nymphs
Serdi Celts
The Sign that Changed the World
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Star of Bethlehem Coins
Statuary Coins
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
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Taras Drachms with Owl Left
The Temple Tax
The Temple Tax Hoard
Test Cut
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Tyrian Shekels
Uncleaned Ancient Coins 101
Venus Cloacina
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Who was Trajan Decius
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AUTONOMIA - (autouamia) -  Autonomy - the power, right, or liberty, possessed by any people, of living in their own accustomed way, and according to their own laws. It was a privilege of this kind which many cities, though tributary to Rome, still enjoyed, and by which they were authorised to elect their own magistrates, who administered justice to them, in exclusion of the Roman judges. Antioch in Syria purchased this mark of honour from Pompeius Magnus. Augustus granted the same permission to the inhabitants of Patrae; Nero, to all Achaia. The Arabians and Armenians, whom Trajan had subdued, recovered this token of independence, under Hadrian. The Athenians, the Lacedaemonians, even the Carthaginians, were thus allowed to preserve at least a shadow of ostensible self-government. It would appear, in short, that throughout the vast extent of territories comprised within the limits of the empire, there were few communities entirely subjected to the Roman form of laws. Autonomia was also identified with, and distinguished by, that right of coining money, the exercise of which every nation of antiquity considered to be an act of sovereignty. The different cities and states of Greece, who were the first to have a coinage, inscribed their respective names on their medals, to impart a legalised value to such money. The Romans followed this example, and some of their earliest coins bear the word ROMA. In later aeras, the portraits of princes were placed on the money issued under their authority. Indeed, with those who aquired the supreme power, one of the first objects was to have coins stamped with their effigies. Even those ambitious aspirants to the purple, who, in different provinces, from time to time, raised the standard of revolt and usurpation against the reigning emperors, hastened, if they had sufficient time and means, to circulate some pieces bearing their likenesses, names and assumed titles. See the remarks of M. Hennin (i. 25), sur le droit de frapper monnaie.

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