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Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D.
Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with pietas respected his or her responsibilities to the gods, family, other people and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others. 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).
RS33821. Silver antoninianus
, RSC III
30; RIC IV
p. 540, 70; Hunter III
6; SRCV II
7747, aEF, attractive style
, nice portrait, excellent reverse
detail, well centered
, slightly frosty surfaces, Rome
4.858g, maximum diameter
24.0mm, die axis
, 218 - 219; obverse
AVG, draped bust
right, wearing stephane
, hair slightly waved, looped plait at back of neck, crescent behind shoulders; reverse PIETAS AVG
(to the piety of the Emperor), Pietas
standing half-left, veiled, dropping incense from right hand over lit and garlanded altar
at feet, incense box in left hand; scarce
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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