AR Denarius of Marcus Aurelius
money; coins (money)
Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher as well as ruler of the Roman empire from 161 CE-180 CE. His portrait represents his power as the last of the "Five Good Emperors" and his continued building of a prosperous empire. On the reverse side of the coin, Aequitas, who represents equality, holds a cornucopia and a scale. The cornucopia represents prosperity which continued under his reign. The scale held balanced in Aequitas’ hand, symbolizes justice, one of the founding principles of the Roman Empire, which is also at the core of Marcus Aurelius' philosophy.
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)