Who are the people behind these images? From the great Lydian King Croesus in 390 BC, the Persian Emperor Xerxes and the first Alexander from Macedonia, A Phoenician trading vessel and coin from a Celtic tribe imitating another by the Greek Philip I.
The ancients and their gods and heroes. Alexander the Great and Zeus. A Greek god sits at the center of the universe, a warrior and Pan, red like the planet another red comes from the Mamertini, or men of Mars. And, the hero Herakles looks at us straight on.
Republican Rome warns slaves against revolt after Spartacus is beaten, a Senator celebrates a god and chariots, Carthage before it is destroyed by Rome, the first vote by ballot, and a Greek leader warns of Greek strength with an image of Medusa's conquest.
Brutus celebrates his Republican father, Vercingetorix, the French resistance leader, in prison and in battle on a coin from Caesar's triumph, Cleopatra under siege by her brother's forces, Caesar's last coin, and a war ship and legionary standard on a coin used to pay Marc Antony's legions.