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  28.02.2018, 13:28h

The presentation of the book and exhibition on The Ancient Heritage on Banknotes of Mediterranean Countries

After it was officially promoted in February 2017 in the National and University Library in Zagreb, the book and exhibition “The Ancient Heritage in Banknotes of Mediterranean Countries” was also presented to the public.

The book was presented by its authors: Academician Nenad Cambj, Prof. Miroslav Glavičić, PhD, and Ass. Prof. Željko Miletić, PhD, from the University of Zadar, and Joško Zaninović, Director of the Municipal Museum of Drniš, who received recognition from their own field for this unique work – the Croatian Archaeological Society awarded them the annual prize “Josip Brunšmid” for 2016.

In the book “The Ancient Heritage in Banknotes of Mediterranean Countries”, a collection of bank notes of Mediterranean counties was organized in catalogue form. Almost all countries in regions over which the Roman and Greek civilizations once extended presented archaeological monuments with pride on their banknotes as an essential foundation for the identity and promotion of a country. The countries represented in the book are Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Romania, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the Ukraine. 

“The book came into existence in the course of a year, and it deals with the Mediterranean region, the civilizational circle to which Croatia has always belonged, as the sea is a great connector, particularly in terms of ancient cultures. Ancient monuments are located on Croatian banknotes on the 10 Kuna note – the amphitheater in Pula and on the 500 Kuna note – Diocletian’s Palace”, stated the conceptual author and banknote collector Joško Zaninović.

In the name of the publisher, the Krka National Park, those present were greeted by the Director, Krešimir Šakić, MA, expressing his satisfaction that the Krka National Park was able to make a contribution as the publisher, as its activities are closely related to education and the cultural and historical heritage, particularly from the ancient period, as is borne witness by the valuable archaeological site within the Park – the Roman military camp of Burnum.

The banknote collection presented in the book and at the exhibition testifies to the importance of archeology and the cultural heritage in the economic policy of Mediterranean countries, especially those whose prosperity is based on tourism because, as was pointed out by Ass. Prof. Željko Miletić, PhD, there was no country in the Mediterranean basin that did not present its money through the ancient heritage.

“If I had to briefly describe this monograph with its popular science character, I would say that it contains segments of the history of the Mediterranean, a review of classical ancient art and urbanism, a lexicon of mythology, and a catalogue of banknotes,” said Prof. Miroslav Glavičić, PhD.

The Academician Nenad Cambj pointed out that the book is a new and unique cultural asset in the Republic of Croatia, and the money that it analyzes represents the symbol of the identity of each state.

“The work on this book is an example of true teamwork, just like the archaeological investigation of the Burnum site. In both cases, our desire is for our work to leave a mark in society, and particularly to influence future generations to develop and enrich the cultural heritage,” emphasized Academician Cambj.

After the book was presented, the exhibition was opened in the gallery.