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Vejovis

Vejovis was a Roman god associated with healing and the Greek Asclepius but with other uncertain and mysterious attributes. He was worshipped mostly in Rome and at Bovillae in Latium. Depicted as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows, pilum, or fulmen in his hand, he was accompanied by a goat. To avert plagues, a she-goat was sacrificed to Vejovis each spring.


Roman Republic, Lucius Caesius, 112 - 111 B.C.

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An Egyptian papyrus of 112 B.C. issues instructions to a local official in the Fayum for the visit of a Roman senator, Lucius Memmius. He was apparently visiting for pleasure, to see the sights, and was to receive a reception similar to that which would be given to a great dignitary of the kingdom. Everything was to be ready for his entertainment, including food for the sacred crocodiles. It is an incidental light upon the subservience to members of the Roman elite which it was now thought politic to show in the Ptolemaic Kingdom.
RR88447. Silver denarius, Crawford 298/1, Sydenham 564, RSC I Caesia 1, BMCRR Italy 585, RBW Collection 1140, SRCV I 175, VF, toned, some pitting, a few scratches, weight 3.724 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 112 - 111 B.C.; obverse bust of Vejovis left, viewed from behind, wearing a taenia and a cloak over his left shoulder, hurling a thunderbolt with his right hand, ROMA monogram right; reverse the two Lares Praestites seated right, each holds long scepter in left hand, dog between them, head of Vulcan facing left and tongs above, LA (ligate) left, PRE (ligate) right, L∑C∆SI in exergue; ex CNG auction 419 (25 Apr 2018), lot 340; $120.00 (Ä102.00)


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR75243. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/1a, Sydenham 724, RSC I Fonteia 9, BMCRR I Rome 2476, RBW Collection 1350, SRCV I 271, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, nicely toned, a few light scratches, weight 3.813 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT in monogram) downward behind, laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram below chin; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; ex Naville auction 9, lot 175, ex Tkalec sale 2006, 106, ex NAC 46 (April 2008), lot 369; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR79567. Silver denarius, RBW Collection 1352, Crawford 353/1d, Sydenham 724b, RSC I Fonteia 11, BMCRR I Rome 2481, SRCV I 271, VF, well centered and struck, light toning, bumps and marks, weight 4.043 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT ligate), laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram right; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, flanked by caps of the Dioscuri topped with stars, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; scarcer variety with the caps flanking the goat vice above, ex Harlan J. Berk; SOLD







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