A Dictionary of Roman Coins, Republican and Imperial
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...this deity as the peculiar object of their worship. Hercule: and the Cem.'aur.r.--On a silver coin of the Aurelia gens (see p. 111), Hercules stands in a car drawn by two ceutaurs, holding branches in their hands. His victory over these quadrupedal monsters is referred to on several coins; amongst others a beautiful medallion of Antoniuus Pius. (See the subject described and engraved in p. 194).--On a highly-relieved brass medallion of M. Aurelius, Hercules bearing a trophy on his left shoulder, and holding the club in his right hand, stands in a car drawn by four centaurs. (See Temporum Felicitas.) Eugraved in Mionnet and in Akcrman. HERCULIS LABORES. M. De Witte, an eminent uumismatist, resident at Cologne, in an elaborate and ably written paper, addressed to the Editor of the Revue Numirmaiigue (vol. vii. p. 330 to 369), respecting the vencration which Postumus manifested towards Hereules, gives a description of a set of coins, struck under that prince, the reverses of which present a complete series of the labours of Hercules. It is from the engravings (plate vii.) which illustrate the dissertation in question, that the subjoined cuts have been copied; whilst advantage has also been taken of M. De Witte's commentary on the different types, to throw fresh light on the uumismatic as well as mytho logical bearings of the subject: --HERCULIS LABORES. slain by Hercules. That of Mount Cithera, or rather that of Mount Helicon, that of Lesbos, and that of Nemzea. His combats with the " king of beasts" have often been represented by ancient artists; this group offering favourable combinations, as well for sculpture as for painting; numberless and very varied repetitions are also found of it, especially on Greek coins. It...
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