The Age of Gallienus
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coin Prices 101
Ancient Coin Dates
Ancient Coin Lesson Plans
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
Ancient Oil Lamps
Ancient Wages and Prices
Ancient Weights and Scales
Anonymous Class A Folles
Armenian Numismatics Page
A Cabinet of Greek Coins
Caesarean and Actian Eras
Campgates of Constantine
A Case of Counterfeits
Byzantine Christian Themes
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Corinth Coins and Cults
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Denarii of Otho
Die Alignment 101
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
ERIC - Rarity Tables
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
The Gallic Empire
Greek Coin Denominations
Greek Mythology Link
Greek Numismatic Dictionary
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Helvetica's ID Help Page
The Hexastyle Temple of Caligula
Identifying Ancient Metal Arrowheads
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Important Collection Auctions
Islamic Rulers and Dynasties
Julian II: The Beard and the Bull
People in the Bible Who Issued Coins
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Later Roman Coinage
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
List of Kings of Judea
Maps of the Ancient World
Museum Collections Available Online
The [Not] Cuirassed Elephant
Not in RIC
Numismatic Excellence Award
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Reading Judean Coins
Representations of Alexander the Great
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Rome and China
Satyrs and Nymphs
The Sign that Changed the World
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Star of Bethlehem Coins
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Taras Drachms with Owl Left
The Temple Tax
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Uncleaned Ancient Coins 101
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Who was Trajan Decius
The Alesia group of Roman bow fibulae were the first Roman hinged fibula type. In general they are affiliated with the Roman military, which used them from the mid 1st century BC to the early 1st century AD. They were replaced by the Aucissa group of fibulae.
Alesia Fibulae - Roman bow fibula, hinged, bow is wider at the head tapering to a point at the foot (a narrow triangle), plain or with molded or incised decoration in low relief.
Alesia Fibula with Perforated Bow - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, bow is divided lengthwise with a gap in the center.
Alesia Fibulae with Segmented (H-shaped) Bow - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, the bow is not triangular, it has an H or an I-beam shape.
Alesia Fibulae with Roundel/Cup on Bow - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, flat rectangular bow with a concave rondel or cup in the middle of the bow (rare).
Alesia Fibulae with Oval Foot- Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, foot in the form of a wide oval (rare).
Alesia Fibulae with Bow with Pair of Perforated Ovals - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, wide bow with two large oval perforations (rare).
Alesia Fibulae with Small Narrow Bow - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, small narrow bow
Alesia Fibulae with Low-Arch Bow with Square Section - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, with a low-arched bow with square section
Alesia Fibulae with Simple Round-Section Bow - Roman bow fibula, Alesia fibula sub type, with simple round section bow
Typology: Demetz I
Dates: c. 70/60 - 20/10 BC
Distribution: Origin in NE Italy (possibly Aquileia). Found in Gaul and the Balkans.
Notes: The bow is in the form of a narrow triangle, wide at the head tapering to a point at the foot. Some are plain while others have molded or incised decoration in low relief.
Typology: Garbsch A 242.4
Dates: c. 30/20 BC - AD 150, flourished AD 40 - 80/90.
Distribution: Raetian and Danubian Limes
Image: A perforated Alesia fibula. The even arch of the bow is clear as is the perforation. Part of the catch at the foot has broken off. (SC Collection)
Image: This top view of the same fibula shows the evenly tapering bow. The chevron perforation and converging line decoration emphasizes the tapering. (SC Collection)
Typology: Demetz IIa; Feugere 21b1; Gustin I2
Dates: c. 60/50 - 10/1 BC
Distribution: Origin in NE Italy. Common in southern Gaul and the eastern Alps
Notes: The bow is not triangular in form and does not taper evenly. Instead, it begins with a wide section, then narrows at right angles, and then has another wide section above the foot. This gives the over-all form of a letter H or an I-beam.
Image: The I-beam or H shape of the bow can be seen in this top view. The head of this example looks more like an Aucissa fibula. (SC Collection)
Typology: Demetz IIb; Gustin II6
Distribution: Origin in NE Italy (possibly Aquileia).
Notes: This rare type has a flat rectangular bow with a concave rondel or cup in the middle of the bow.
Typology: Demetz IIc; Gustin I3
Dates: c. 40 - 1 BC
Notes: This rare type has a foot in the form of a wide oval.
Typology: Demetz IId; Gustin II7
Dates: c. 40 - 1 BC
Notes: This rare type has a wide bow two large oval perforations.
Typology: A 242.3
Dates: c. AD 40 - 80/90, alternately 20 BC - AD 50
Distribution: Pannonia and Dalmatia
Typology: Garbsch A 242.6
Dates: c. AD 50 - 130
Distribution: Western Empire
Dates: c. AD 75 - 140
Distribution: Dalmatia, northern Italy