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Lot 70 - Numismatic Auction 18

Julia Domna (193-217)  Aureus - ...
Julia Domna (193-217)  Aureus - ...
120.000,00 CHF
Starting price:
100.000,00 CHF

Julia Domna (193-217)
Aureus - Rome (211-217).
Rarissime - D’un style et d’une qualité exceptionnels.
Exemplaire provenant très certainement du trésor de Karnak (1901) et de la collection “Deceased Nobleman, formed before the Great War” vente Sotheby’s du 28 novembre 1986, N°105.
6.79g - Cal. 2621 (mêmes coins)
FDC Exceptionnel - CHOICE MS* fine style

Both Venus and Diana/the Moon were given the title of ‘light-bringer’, as attested by Cicero who wrote: “Lowest of the five planets and nearest to the earth is the star of Venus, called in Greek ‘Phosphoros’ (the light-bringer) and in Latin Lucifer when it precedes the sun, but when it follows it ‘Hesperos’” and “Diana in her manifestation as Lucifera among the Greeks...” (On The Nature of the Gods, 2 xx 53). In the words of George Latura, in his lecture on ‘Lucifera Rising: Ancient Pre-Dawn Ritual Astronomy’ (SEAC 2016 Conference, Bath): “The New Moon is found shortly after sunset at the beginning of the lunar month. Weeks later, the waning moon that appears a few hours before sunrise is Luna Lucifera, herald of the dawn. […] The ancient rites that best align with the waning moon at the end of the month are the Mysteries of Eleusis whose all-night vigil (pannychis) took place in the later part of the lunar month Boedromion, as related by Euripides in astronomical detail: “the all-night torch of the twentieth day when the star-gleaming heaven of Zeus strikes up the dance and the moon dances” (Ion 1075)”. The moon was traditionally connected to empresses, but especially to those of the Severan dynasty (with the pendant being Septimius Severus’s association with the Sun), and it is noteworthy that Caracalla was on his way to the temples of the moon in Carrhae (Mesopotamia) when he was killed in AD 217.


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