I thought I’d settled my mind on RRC 308/1 previously (two earlier posts). But now a Berlin glass paste has thrown open the question in my mind again. The identify of the figure as one single Cantanaean brother seems confirmed by the symbol in the field, the triskeles, a symbol of Sicily. This then got… Continue reading Those Catana Boys Again…
I’m trying to make up my mind whether I think RRC 308/1 represents one of the Catanaean Brothers as most scholars think or if I am swayed at all by Evans’ claim that it is really Aeneas. Above is a coin of Catana showing the brothers. Here is the Republican coin: There two literary accounts of… Continue reading Catanaean Brothers
That was my first thought upon seeing this Berlin glass paste (it has one more illustrated friend in the same collection). BUT then I remembered this passage of Hyginus’ Fabulae Cleops and Bitias (Kleobis and Biton) are here co-opted as symbols of filial piety on par or even exceeding the Aeneas and the Catana brothers.
In a previous post, I asked how Romans would have viewed RRC 308/1. I feel my question has been answered pretty definitively by this type (RRC 494/3): The reverse is without a doubt modeled on RRC 308/1. And, in this series the moneyer connects each member of the triumvirate with their divine ancestry (Lepidus =… Continue reading Pius Aeneas