Denarius of Roma
money; coins (money)
The obverse side of the coin features a personification of the city and empire of Roma wearing a helmet. On the reverse side of the coin, Roma appears again sitting on a pile of shields and accompanied by the legendary she-wolf is suckling Romulus and Remus in and surrounded by Birds. The she-wolf refers to the legendary founding of the city of Rome. Combined with Roma in her military garb, this is a powerful reference to the importance and ongoing conquest by the Roman empire.
Sydenham 530; Crawford 287/1
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, Fall 2020)
JRP, VR, SH
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)