Denarius of Gaius Marcius Censorinus

January 16, 2011

Obverse with Numa Pompilius and Ancus Marcius (the 'P' is a control-mark).

Reverse with desultor (someone who jumps between horses in the circus) and barely visible control-number.

The coin (Crawford #346-1a) is a denarius of Gaius Marcius Censorinus, minted at Rome in 88 BCE.

ANS example.

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Quote of the Day: Kyzikos

March 9, 2010

it has been said that Kyzikos was ‘the mint of Athens on the Propontis’ and indeed it is possible to find, among the almost inexhaustible variety of Kyzikene staters, plenty of signs of the Athenian connection. All the types still have the local emblem of the tunny fish as a subsidiary detail, and among the main designs many seem to be borrowed or suggested by those of other cities, sometimes quite remote… It is, nevertheless, most interesting to find types which are based purely on Athenian myth or history and which never occur elsewhere as coin types…

– G. K. Jenkins Ancient Greek Coins (1972) page 96.


Quote of the Day (shrew-mouse edition)

November 18, 2009

According to Columella, the shrew-mouse can be quite a pest. But how to protect one’s oxen?

There is also a practice of encasing the shrew-mouse itself while still alive in potter’s clay and, when the clay is dry, hanging it round the ox’s neck. This renders the animal immune from the bite of a shrew-mouse.

– Columella Rei Rusticae 6.17.6


Quote of the Day

September 9, 2009

In many cases the components of epitaphs will have been taken by the letter-cutter from ‘manuals’ or collections of formulae or books of poetry. This is the only explanation for the inscription from Annaba in Algeria that reads: Hic iacet corpus pueri nominandi (Here lies the body of a boy, name to be given/inserted). The letter-cutter followed the manual quite literally ‘to the letter’, without noticing that he was to insert a specific name in the space provided.

– Maureen Carroll Spirits of the Dead: Roman Funerary Commemoration in Western Europe (2006) page 106.