Ancient Coin Collecting V: The Romaion-Byzantine Culture by Wayne G. Sayles

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Whitting, PD. "The anonymous Byzantine bronze", Numismatic Chronicle, 1 955, pp. 89-99. Wroth, W. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the British Museum, II, London, 1908, pp. 480f£. 19 Iconography Although the "Byzantine" empire is treated politically and his­ torically as an entity separate from the em'p ire of the Romans, the dividing line is not at all clear. The city of Rome had already lost its position of preeminence in the fourth century. Therefore, the dif­ ferences that one might point to had already evolved by the fateful year 476-which traditionally marks the "Fall of Rome" .

140-14l . Sear, David R. Byza n tine Coins and Their Values, London, 1987, p . 258-262. A. History of the Byzan tine Empire, 324-1 453, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1 952, p. 193. R. "A copper coinage for Leontius I", The Numismatic Circular, 75:1 0, 1 967, pp. 264-265. 51 When he ascended the throne, with the help of the defeated army from Carthage and the city militia of the lower class (Greens) in Con­ stantinople, Apsimar took the more recognizable and prestigious name Tiberius. He also took vengeance on the Arabs rather than the court at Constantinople .

Constans II or Heradonas? An Analysis of the Constan­ tinopolitan FolIes of Cons tans II", ANSMN, 17, 1971, pp. 141-61 . Bendall, Simon. "A New Sicilian Half Follis of Cons tans II", Numismatic Circular, 89:2, 1981, p. 38f. Ostrogorsky, George. History of the Byzantine State, Rutgers, 1 957, pp. 114-123. 47 The murder of Constans was probably not an act of rage, or insan­ ity, as is sometimes suggested-but rather part of a conspiracy hatched by the aristocracy in Constantinople. On his death, the army in Sicily pro­ claimed an Armenian noble by the name of Mezezius as emperor.

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