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Roman Imperial coins & Animals for Fall Essay Subject Inspired by the Celator article of Mr. T.R. McIntosh of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, and ACE's old friend Zach Beasley of Beast Coins -- with thanks to both and to the Celator!  Click the read more link to see the winners and read their essays!

Fall 2008 Essay Contest
Roman Imperial coins & Animals for Fall Essay Subject Inspired by the Celator article of Mr. T.R. McIntosh of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, and ACE's old friend Zach Beasley of Beast Coins.... with thanks to both and to the Celator!

Ancient Coins for Education – FALL 2008 Essay
 -“Roman Emperors & Animals ( Real and Mythological) on their Coins”
Teacher Directions


STUDENT DIRECTIONS – Fall 2008
-“Roman Emperors & Animals (Real and Mythological) on their Coins”

Firstly - Our thanks to Mr. T.R. McIntosh of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and Kerry Wetterstrom at the Celator magazine for permission to use Mr. McIntosh’s article; and to Mr. Zach Beasley of Beast Coins for his really helpful site.
Subject:   Study the following sites showing Roman emperors or a member of the imperial family for whom ancient coins were struck having on the reverse an animal or fish (including serpents)  - either real or mythological.

a) http://www.beastcoins.com:80/Topical/Animals-Ancient/AncientAnimals.htm
 and read the following article :
b) Click here to read Mr. McIntosh’s article from the Celator

1.  Choose one Roman Emperor or Imperial family member (not Ancient Greek or Republican – but you may certain choose a Roman Imperial Provincial coin including from Greek speaking provinces, known as Greek Imperials) , who had one specific coin minted showing an animal, real or mythological, minted on the reverse of the coin.    Research the person and period write a “creative essay”  which brings in the animal to be seen on the coin:  an incident, a reasoning, a particular love for or affiliation / connection with that animal,  real or mythological, etc.
2. As the Heading of the essay, you should write the name of the Emperor or Imperial personage, and put the URL of a site where the chosen coin is pictured…. For example..
   Empress Otacilia Severa, wife of Philip I, ruled 244-249 CE – Hippopotamus on reverse
 At http://www.beastcoins.com/Topical/Animals-Ancient/Hippopotamus/Hippopotamus.htm

3.  The essay should NOT be a dull listing of the person’s accomplishments, but should show creativity and attention to the conditions of life at that time.  You may choose to focus on only one major event of the person’s life, or several.  You may write from the point of view of the subject or from that of another person “living at the time”  , ( but not the animal).     (No “ dream sequences” or “ back from modern times” please)

4.  Incorporate elements of Roman culture as you describe the experience of your character.  A good essay will be RICH in vivid and accurate historical/cultural details.    Historical accuracy of dates, places, context, cultural practices, and people is CRITICAL!!!   Please double check this as a careless error is heavily penalized!

5.  A good essay must include proper spelling and grammar and be proofread for typos.

6.  Your essay should be single spaced, font size 12, with a minimum of 2 complete pages and a maximum of 3 pages (excluding bibliographical notes at the end).  It must be written in Microsoft Word or Wordpad format ONLY.

7.  The final DEADLINE for submission of your winning essays to ACE is Friday November 28th, but your teacher will add your class deadline here

 

Here are the entires and the final results! Click on the students name to read their essay. Congratulations to all the winners and a big THANK YOU to all participants, teachers and judges!

Category Student/Age Teacher
     
Intermediate    
Liz W./13 Teacher Zee Ann Poerio in PA
Hannah / 14 Teacher Joan Romanosky in TX
Alex G./12 Teacher Kris Tracey in CO
Adam C./14 Teacher Nicole Diamente in NY
 
Senior    
Patrick S./ 17 Teacher Susie Scoppa in NY
Mary A./ 17 Teacher Susan Bonvallet  in OH
Jake A./ 16 Teacher Kelly Kusch in KY

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