Analysis finds defeat of Hannibal 'written in the coins of the Roman Empire'

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 06:22 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Analysis of ancient Roman coins has shown that the defeat of the Carthaginian general Hannibal led to a flood of wealth across the Roman Empire from the silver mines of Spain. This finding, which offers a tangible record of the transition of Rome from a regional power to an empire, is presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Paris.

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