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ADLOCVTIO

Latin - Address (speach).

See Adlocutio.


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ADLOCVTIO. On the field S. C. First brass of Galba. THe emperor stands, with the chief of the Praetorian guards, on a raised platform, and harangues the Cohorts, who are generally represented by their standard bearer. In another Allocution, given by Havercamp, (Mus. Christinae), of the same Emperor, the cavalry of the guards are represented by a horse, the head of which is seen amongst the foot soldiers.
 
 
This coin (struck A. D. 68) is, by most numismatic antiquaries, thought to designate the occasion of Galba's speech to his legionaries in Spain, when he first revolted from Nero.
 
ADLOCVTIO. First and second brass of Hadrian. Emperor addressing his soldiers; first brass, and ADLOCVTIO. COH. PRAETOR (Cohortium Praetoriarium - Allocution of the Body or Life Guards) with similar type.
 
ADLOCVTIO. Brass medallion of Marcus Aurelius. Emperor addressing soldiers, one of whom holds a horse by the bridle. (Mus de Camps.)
 
ADLOCVTIO. Brass medallion and first brass of L. Verus. Emperor haranguing his soldiers.
 
ADLOCVTIO. Brass medallion of Macrinus. Emperor and his son (Diadumenianus), and four military figures.
 
Besides these reverses, in which the legend itself identifies the type with the occasion of an Emperor's speech to his troops, there are some splendid example of Allocutional representations on brass medallions, such as the FIDES EXERCITVS of Commodus, and the FIDEI MILITVM of Sept. Severus - See the former illustrated.
In the foregoing examples the distinctive word ADLOCVTIO, or ADLOCVT is, for the most part, inscribed on the exergue. It can hardly fail to occasion some degree of surprise, that no Allocution should have been recorded on the coins of such eminently warlike and victorious princes of the earlier empire, as Vespasian, Titus, and Trajan. [The ADLOCVTIO ascribed to the first named Emperor, engraved on a brass medallion, in Numismata Cimelii Vindobonensis (p. 15), being "nonnihil suspectum."]
 
 

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