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Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

Lucilla was the daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II and was born in 149 A.D. She was married to the co-emperor Lucius Verus in 164 A.D and bore him several children. She was exiled then executed after being implicated in a conspiracy to assassinate her brother Commodus in 182 A.D.

|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |sestertius|
For Roman wives, piety often meant accepting neglect. It was not considered adultery for a Roman husband to have sex with slaves or unmarried women. The historian Spartianus wrote that after Lucilla complained, Lucius Verus reproached her: "Uxor enim dignitatis nomen est, non voluptatis" (Wife is the name of dignity, not bliss).
RB92463. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1756, BMCRE IV 1161, Cohen III 54, Hunter II 27, SRCV II 5505, VF, nice portrait, flow lines, well centered on a squared flan, light bumps and scratches, weight 26.206 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 330o, Rome mint, 164 - 166 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse PIETAS, Pietas standing left, veiled, right hand extended over flaming altar at feet on left, incense box in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $450.00 SALE |PRICE| $405.00


|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |denarius|Price| Reduced
This type commemorated the marriage of Lucius Verus and Lucilla. Although she bore him several children, at some point in their marriage, Lucilla felt neglected and desired more attention from her husband. The emperor was apparently busy elsewhere. It was not considered adultery for a Roman husband to have sex with slaves or unmarried women. The historian Spartianus wrote that after Lucilla complained, Lucius Verus reproached her, "Uxor enim dignitatis nomen est, non voluptatis" (wife is the name of dignity, not bliss).
RS95347. Silver denarius, RIC III 792 (R), BMCRE IV 331, RSC II 99, SRCV II 5495, VF, uneven toning, flow lines, scratches, a little rough, weight 3.085 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 164 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair knotted in chignon low at back; reverse VOTA PVBLICA, laurel wreath, closed with shield at the top, pellet in center; the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $145.00


|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |sestertius|
For Roman wives, piety often meant accepting neglect. It was not considered adultery for a Roman husband to have sex with slaves or unmarried women. The historian Spartianus wrote that after Lucilla complained, Lucius Verus reproached her: "Uxor enim dignitatis nomen est, non voluptatis" (Wife is the name of dignity, not bliss).
RB79813. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1756, BMCRE IV 1161, Cohen III 54, Hunter II 27, SRCV II 5505, F, glossy dark sea-green patina, light corrosion on obverse, rough areas on reverse, squared tight flan, weight 19.430 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 164 - 166 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right; reverse PIETAS, Pietas standing left, veiled, raising her right hand, perfume-box in left hand, flaming altar at feet on left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |sestertius|NEW
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RB94225. Bronze sestertius, RIC III 1740, Cohen III 29, BMCRE IV 1203, Hunter II 51, SRCV II -, F, dark tone, partial green patina, porous, tight squared flan, weight 22.228 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 166 - 169 A.D.; obverse LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted in a coil low at back; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, long palm branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |sestertius|NEW
The story of Commodus and Lucilla in the movie Gladiator was not historically accurate but the characters were based, in part, on the real emperor and his sister. Lucilla did plot to assassinate her brother Commodus and the plot did fail. Commodus actually did fight as a gladiator. But Maximus, entirely fictional, was not there to save Lucilla. Commodus won every time. Lucilla was banished to Capri and executed a year later.
RB94224. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1763, BMCRE 1167, Cohen III 72, Szaivert MIR 18 16, SRCV II 5506, Hunter II 36, aF, dark patina, porous, scratches, tiny edge cracks, weight 18.542 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, under M. Aurelius & L. Verus, 164 - 167 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse VENVS, Venus standing facing, head left, apple in extended right hand, long grounded vertical scepter in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across the field; scarce; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00







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