Lake Regillus Iconography

Capture.JPGI  was beginning to write something along the party line that RRC 335/9 refers to the battle of lake Regillus and A. Postumius Albus’ throwing a standard among the enemy.  And may be does.  Florus Writes:

A battle was fought at Lake Regillus, for a long time with shifting fortunes, until Postumius, the dictator, himself adopted the new and remarkable stratagem of hurling a standard among the enemy, in order that it might be recovered. 3 Cossus, the master of the horse,  ordered the cavalry to discard their bits — another new device — in order that they might charge with greater vigour. 4 So desperate was the fight at last that a tradition has been handed down that gods were present as spectators. Two young men on white horses sped over the battle-field like stars across the heavens; and no one doubted that they were Castor and Pollux. The Roman commander, therefore, himself prayed to them and, bargaining for victory, promised them a temple, and carried out his promise as though in payment to the gods who were his comrades in arms.

But on the above specimen, that looks a great deal like a falcata in the defeated enemy’s hands.   And the so called standards don’t look much like other representations of standards.  On some specimens the top ‘standard’ looks more like a helmet:

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Standard iconography is seen elsewhere on the republican series

RRC 365 doesn’t look similar at all.

But 437 does bear some resemblance.

The falcata look alike is probably a fluke.

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