SAECVLARES AVGG


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SAECVLARES AVGG.-- This legend, with the type of a cippus, or of Romulus and Remus suckled by a wolf, or of some wild beast (such as a hippopotamus, an ibex, a stag, a lion, &c.), appears on coins, in each
metal of Philip, father and son, and of
Otacilia, empress of the former. They bear
reference to the secular games celebrated in
the thousandth year from the foundation of
Rome. The animals represented on the reverses of some of these medals are amongst those
which were exhibited in the amphitheatre on
that and similar occasions. The cippus is a
column with an inscription, which it was customary to erect for the purpose of preserving
the memory of some particular public event ; as
may be seen on coins of Augustus, struck obvias
munitas
; and as in former cases of secular
celebrations may be observed to have been before done, in the respective reigns of Domitian and Severus.-- see Ludi Saeculares.

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