The Saeculares Games

Perhaps the more interesting series and therefore sought of the Roman coinage is the one that commemorates the first millennium of the founding of the Eternal City. According to the Latin writer Marco Terenzio Varrone, the city of Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 BC. Accordingly, the year 1000 AUC (Ad Urbe Condita) should correspond to the year 248 AD, time when Rome was ruled by an obscure character named Marcus Julius Philippus, better known as Philip the Arab because of their ethnicity. Splendid Bust of Philip I the Arab conserved in the Vatican Museums. As a good imperial upstart, Philip was not to be less than their predecessors in the Roman throne, which had been held every century t

Tripolis ad Maeandrum: The Hierapolis Street.

One of the main streets of the ancient Phrygian city of Tripolis ad Maeandrum is the so-called "Hierapolis Street" as this city (Hierapolis) was the next important landmark to which we would arrive walking along this causeway. A few years ago it was excavated with great success. This is what you can see in it: 1.- The ruins of the nymphaeum. Its beginning, still outside the city wall as well as coinciding with a crossroads, was marked by a nymphaeum (monumental fountain) from which three columns have been preserved belonging to the proper font and also a few white marble plates of those that delimited the basin in whose interior drained the previous font (photo 1). 2.- Gate of the late Roman

Philip the Arab and his first issue of Antoniniani. The Unknown Eastern Mint.

The death of Gordian III in February/March of A.D. 244, instigated by the praetorian prefect Marcus Julius Philippus, nicknamed "the Arab" because of its origin, meant proclamation of this last one as emperor of Rome. His first major decision was the beginning of peace negotiations with the Persians intended to conclude the war in northeastern borders of the Empire, long since five years, during which the Roman arms had suffered several major setbacks. After weeks of talks on whose content we haven´t received written testimony, Philip signed a quite disadvantageous peace: 500,000 denarii for compensation and an annual sum by way of tribute to the Sassanid king, Shapur. Not surprisingly playe


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specialized in ancient coinage.

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