AR Denarius of A. Manlius Q.F. Sorgianus
money; Coins (money)
The obverse side of the coin features either an abstract personification of Rome itself or a reference to Minerva the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, the fine arts, and later, war. The reverse side features a rare frontal view of either Sol Invictus or Jupiter wearing a crown and standing in attendance with their chariot drawn by four horses abreast. Both the obverse and reverse sides of the coin work together to prove Rome's military might on horseback which is supported by the gods.
A. Manlius Q.F. Sorgianus
Craw 309/1, Syd 543
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
Rome, Roman Republic