258 out of 410 days: Fighting Cocks and Sacred Chickens

This post is dedicated to the most estimable Prof. Kellogg, who has taught many to always listen to the sacred chickens. These fabulous currency bars appear in many a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the Roman practice of divination prior to battle via the consumption of grain by sacred chickens.  If the birds eat, the gods… Continue reading 258 out of 410 days: Fighting Cocks and Sacred Chickens

Two Hints about Mint Output at Roman Allied Communities during the First Punic War

Looking again at the coins of Suessa, Cales, and Teanum, especially specimens which have been on the market, it occurred to me how heavily used the obverse dies seem to be, especially at Teanum: Even after the obverse die break in ways to mar the face of the god portrayed they keep on being used.… Continue reading Two Hints about Mint Output at Roman Allied Communities during the First Punic War