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In this example amongst the numi geographici of Hadrian, the Emperor, with his right hand uplifted, stauds opposite the provine, which is personified under the figure of a female, robed and veiled: she holds a patera over an altar, at the foot of which is the victin: she carries a ball, or as Mr. Akerman suggests, in reality the Acerra imperfectly represented, in her left hand, and beside her are two naked children, bearing each a palm branch - allusive to Judaea, of which, as a part of Palestine, the palm tree is an emblem.

This type, struck between A.D. 130 and 135, is of historical interest. It represents the arrival of Hadrian in Judaea, not, as in the case of most of his visits elsewhere, on a mission of benevolence and mercy, but to confirm the stern imperial sentence, after a bloody war, of destruction to devoted Jerusalem, and of insult and humilitation to the rebellious Jews. - For a further numismatic reference to this fulfilment of Our Lord's prophecy, see Aelia Capitolina Colonia.

 


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