AE Denarius of Pietas
money; coins (money)
The Obverse of this coin features a personification of Pietas as the Roman goddess of duty. In Roman religion, Pietas is the personification of a respectful and faithful attachment to gods, country, and relatives. A man who possessed pietas performed all his duties towards the deity and his fellow human beings in his full capacity and respect. The reverse of the coin illustrates "Pietas in Action" depicting one of the Catanaean brothers carrying his father from the volcanic eruption of Mount Etna.
Syd 567, Craw 308/1A
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)