The Collaborative Numismatics Project

     

Resources Home
Home
New Articles
Most Popular
Recent Changes
Current Projects
Admin Discussions
Guidelines
How to

Index Of All Titles


BEST OF

Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Glass
Anonymous Follis
Anonymous Class A Folles
Armenian Numismatics Page
Byzantine
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Denomination
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
ERIC
Fibula
Greek Alphabet
Greek Dates
Greek Mythology Link
Helvetica's ID Help Page
Historia Numorum
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
Maps of the Ancient World
Mint Marks
Monogram
Nabataean Numerals
Not in RIC
Numismatic Bulgarian
Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
Numismatic German
Numismatic Italian
Numismatic Spanish
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Roman Coin Attribution 101
romancoin.info
Scarabs
Serrated
Siglos
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Syracusian Folles
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tyrian Shekels
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Widow's Mite

 

 


Flamen Martialis




Please add updates or make corrections to the NumisWiki text version as appropriate.
Flamen Martialis, a priest of Mars, whose dignity was the most exalted, after that of the Flamen Dialis, and was required to be held by a patrician. A denarius of the Cornelia gens struck under Augustus, distinctly names this office, and represents the sacerdotal functionary himself; for L LENTVLVS is there called FLAMEN MARTIALIS.



We see a figure, naked except round the midle, holding a small Victory in his right hand, and a spear transversely in his left. He is crowned by a togated figure who stands beside him, and resting the left hand on a shield inscribed with the letters C V (Clipeus Votivus). The crown held by a togated figure ober the head of the smaller one is like a star.

Havercamp is of opinion that this type represents one Lentulus, a priest, who in the name of Augustus is dedcating a statue of Julius Caesar, over the head of which was placed the Julium Sidus, in the temple of Mars Ultor, whilst the shield which he holds in his right hand is a votive one. This explanation, which rests on no conclusive evidence, Eckhel (v 182), leaves to the adoption of those who approve of it. At the same time he acknowledges his inability to improve upon it. Cicero (ad Quintum fratem, iii cp i, sect 5),  mentions a L. Lentulus, the son of a priest, prior to the one inquestion.

.........

View whole page from the Dictionary Of Roman Coins