AR Denarius of Mn. Aquillius
money; coins (money)
Obverse: Portrait of "Virtus"; Reverse: Soldier standing holding a shield raising up a kneeling figure of Sicily. Spartacus's army collapsed when Rome began a rebellion after sustaining multiple losses against Spartacus' slave revolts. Virtus is a personification of the idea of "excellence" or "valor." This excellence was the victory over Spartacus's army which totaled 120,000 soldiers. This army was originally created in Sicily by the slaves to free themselves and ultimately grew with soldiers from all around the surrounding areas. The deceased figure in the soldier's arms signifies Sicily's (home of Spartacus and the original slaves) defeat.
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)