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Views on a Solidus
Yesterday I went to a coin show. I go three times a year with a friend named Simon. Nobody in fandom would know him, but he's the Significant Other living with Victoria. I'm still in touch with Victoria, but have made friends with Simon as well. In fact, I'm to blame for getting him into collecting ancient coins. (He has a special interest in British history, having been born there, though raised in Bolivia and Panama, and has lived most of his life in Canada.)
In any case, we went to the show Saturday afternoon. I picked up some odd things on Simon's tab. He spends so much at these affairs that he gives me the nod to throw a couple hundred more on his bill. It always astonishes me that there are so many rats in the world, and then you meet someone who is actually generous... I found a worn old sestertius of Antoninus Pius, and a fairly modestly priced silver siliqua of Julian
When in Rome
The coins illustrated in the short written pieces to follow are all from my collection. I've scanned each one, and drawn on my own knowledge to descrbie the coin, the emperors, and the times. Certain statements are my opinions only, even guesswork, but that's alright. After more than 2,000 years in some cases, there's nobody around to sue!
I've been to a coin show! I can never acquire new coins without working up an enthusiasm that has nothing to do with *value*, but everything to do with the challenge of new things to uncover, and new things to learn! Take this rather plain bronze coin called a As. (It's pronounced Oz, not Ass, by the way.) Four of these things about the size of a quarter, but thicker, made up a heavier bronze coin called a Sestertius. Four Sestertii made up one silver coin the size of a dime called a Denarius. So you might say this item was 1/16 of a dime, or about 2/3 of a cent. I had seen plenty of Asses in my time, but none quite so early, be
Gloss to Cave Hirsuitus Canem
In Order of Appearance in "Cave Hirsuitus Canem"
Baetica A Roman province in southwest Spain, in the valley of the Guadalquivir River. One of the richest of the western provinces, Baetica was mainly known for three things: wine, olives and emperors. Trajan was born in Baetica, and though Hadrian was born in Rome, his family was from the same Spanish province. Another reason for the region's success no one had invented the art of painting bullfighters on black velvet yet.
Hispania Tarraconensis This was a fancy name for Farther Spain, which, paradoxically enough, was nearer to Rome than the rest.
Cyrene A province on the shore of North Africa, immediately west of Egypt. In Roman times it was full of Greeks. Today it is a parking lot for the fleet of unmarked cars used to chauffer Muammar Gaddafi from the palace to his golf club.
Pannonia A province of the Roman world at the upper end of t
Cave Hirsuitus Canem
Cave Hirsuitus Canem
IMP CAES TARAL WANUS AUG
"Soporiphus," said the other drinker, "you're full of it."
"Not at all," said the shock-haired Roman. "There is almost no limit to the stupidity to be found wearing a uniform. I've been around, I have. Baetica, Hispania Tarraconensis, Egypt, Cyrene, Pannonia, Upper and Lower Moesia, Britain before my travels I spent my life in the Subura, where every block is an education in the ways of the world. I have seen peddlers who sold trash picked up from the street right in front of their costumers. I have dealt with customs officials who speak only one of the barbarous languages of the Indus. I have endured family dinners with my brother-in-law. But never, never have I seen as much honest incomprehension and insufficiency of wit as there stands in a pair of Legion-issue caligae." Soporiphus was not a short man, but, stooped of stature and round of should
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