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SIGNIS RECEPT DEVICTIS GERM

Latin abbreviation: Signis Recept Divictis Germanis - Standards recovered from the defeated Germans.


DICTIONARY OF ROMAN COINS


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     SIGNIS. RECEPT. DEVICTIS. GERManis.
S. C. -- Germanicus, in military habiliments,
stands with the right hand extended, and holding
a legionary eagle in his left. -- On the
obverse is GERMANICUS CAESAR, who stands in
a triumphal quadriga, holding a wand surmounted by an eagle in his left hand See p. 416.
     This elegant and most interesting, although
common coin, in second brass, was struck in the
year 17 A.D., under Tiberius, to commemorate
the celebrated triumph of Germanicus,
on the occasion of having subdued several nations
of Germany (such as the Cherusci, the Catti,
the Angrivarii, etc.)-- The obverse attests that
triumph. The revrse by its inscription DEVICTIS
GERManis bespeaks the complete defeat of
those tribes, and also marks the subject of the
triumph : the other part of the epigraph, SIGNIS
RECEPTis comprises an allusion to that renowned
exploit of Germanicus, in which, after his victory,
having instituted a search for the eagles lost in
the overthrow and destruction of Varus and his
legions (by the Cherusci, under Arminius, 10 A.D.), and having found them in a grove, where
they had been buried by the barbarians, he
brought them back to Rome, as Tacitus most
circumstantially relates. -- P. Gabinius, one of
Claudius's lieutenants, having in the year 41 A.D.
conquered the Chauci (according to Dion)
recovered the eagle which alone  had
remained with that noble and warlike nation as
a relic of the Varian slaughter.

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