Just a great specimen I bumped into and didn’t want to forget. Obverse reminds me of veiled Concordia and Vesta.
It is the subsellium NOT a sella curulis (curule chair). This means the individual does not hold imperium, so not (pro) consul or (pro) praetor BUT quaestor or tribune (republican period) or possibly Praefect. (The MFA catalogue at time of writing calls it a curule chair hence my assertion.) My three questions for you! What… Continue reading Not a Curule Chair
I’m looking for the inventory number of a piece in the Glyptotek I need to footnote in this article I’m trying to send off. Hence, I’m trying to find just the right word to get the Danish National Database of Museum holdings to spit out the right information. Given that the database only functions in… Continue reading Curule Chair and Accompanying Objects
As the sella curulis and fasces come up again and again on the republican coin series, I wanted to put a note up here of this iconography from Vulci (c. 300-280 BCE). This is the front of the sarcophagus of Ramtha Vishnai and Arnth Tetnies (Now in the MFA Boston). The couple join right hands… Continue reading Early Curule Chair and Fasces?
I made this when working on the first version of the coin book while on sabbatical in 2013-2014. It like so much of that first version is too fine grained for what CUP will publish. That said, It seems really useful so I’m putting it out here now. 486 – Sp. Cassius “plotted”at regal power… Continue reading Timeline of Roman Grain Supply
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.
I was reading the Cicero’s letters from 50 BCE as he’s preparing to leaving his province (was looking for a reference on Credit systems I half remember, haven’t found it yet). Now I’m worried I’ve misinterpreted Q. Cassius’ political position in 55 BCE in my forthcoming book and am wondering if it is too late… Continue reading Cassius and Pompey’s Relationship
I’m considering possible next case studies for the RRDP material. Trying to think about what issues would be most useful to compare die counts. This set is in the running… — likely 86 BCE, RRC 351/1 – Both Plebeian Aediles (imitates RRC 300/1 in design!) – under Cinna’s regime – Ceres/subsellium likely 84 BCE, RRC… Continue reading Aedilician Issues
RRC 428 feels pretty well explained by Crawford. The one point I can’t wrap my head around is what the curule chair is doing on the coin. As far as I can make out, one only gets the chair with imperium. Vestals get lictors, but those are the special religious kind (lictores curiati) which had… Continue reading Whose chair is that?
This is a representation of the genius of the Roman people. The attributes are indisputable: foot on a globe, scepter, cornucopia, curule chair, crowned by victory. But what the heck is he wearing? Notice the drapery over and around the head. This is just not typical. Is it supposed to be a toga over the… Continue reading Male God with Covered Head