Servius Tullius


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Servius Tullius, king of the Romans, who died about the 218th year of the city, and who, (passing by as fabulous the asserted claims for Saturn and Janus), there appears something like historical ground for believing to have been the founder of a money coinage in brass at Rome.--On this point the words of Pliny are Servius rex primus signavit aes. Antea rudi usas Romae Timaeus tradit. In this opinion Cassiodorus also concurs--Servius rex monetam in aere primum impressisse perhibetur.--See Moneta.

Goltzius has published a medal as belonging to the Tullia family, exhibiting in the legend the names of Servius Decula, and in the type the head of King Servius Tullius. And Morell has copied the same into his Thesaurus Familiarum, under the head of Numi incertae fidei (pl. xxxiii. No. 2). But as Visconti observes, this numismatic monument has never been seen by antiquaries whose fidelity and judgment are above suspicion; and, therefore, it is very properly consigned to the class of apocryphal monuments.


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