Stools on coins

When thinking about the subsellium (quaestor or tribune’s bench) and sella curulis (curule chair) on Roman coins in future, I want to remember these coins from Tarentum (HN Italy 854-6, latter two illustrated below, first is illustrated by Rutter).  The stool is commonly called a diphros.



Family Ties and Enmities

So the moneyer of RRC 434 was the brother of the Julius Caesar’s ex-wife.  The one he divorced because Clodius was caught dressed like a woman in his house during the women-only Bona Dea festival.  The same scandal that was at the root Clodius’ hatred for Cicero and the latter’s eventual exile.

This adds a new layer to this coin for me.  It’s imagery  is not just pushing against Pompey’s growing autocratic tendencies (like that of Brutus’ in the same year, RRC 433), but against the so called first-triumvirate.

Rufus has good reason to side with the senate conservatives (Cicero’s boni or optimates).


Trinum nundinum

How long is three market days? I had a great Twitter conversation on this maybe a year ago I need to dig up and archive it had a wide range of opinions and serious scholars chiming in.

I was reminder of the question upon seeing Shackleton Bailey’s certitude its 24