Alyson Roy: Crisis and Competition: Roman Victory Imagery in Cisalpine and Transalpine Gaul, 125-45 BCE

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It is often assumed that conquest and colonization contribute to the development of new visual languages of power in imperial contexts. This is particularly true in ancient Rome, where power was highly performative, and visual culture became a fundamental part of imperial ideology. Gaul and its warriors had long played a critical role in Roman military glory, and images of defeated and captive Gallic warriors became integral to triumphal symbolism. Through an analysis of coins, inscriptions, and architectural reliefs, this paper examines the influence of the Gallic provinces on Roman conquest imagery.