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Herennia Etruscilla, Augusta July 249 - April/August 253 A.D.
Pudicitia, modesty and chastity, was for Romans the highest regarded female virtue. For an unmarried girl, pudicitia meant virginity. For a wife, it meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. Romans loved the story of Arria, an ultimate example of Roman pudicitia. When the emperor Claudius ordered her husband Paetus to end his own life, he hesitated. Arria took his dagger and stabbed herself to set an example, saying, "Paetus, it doesn't hurt."
RS72575. Silver antoninianus
, RIC IV
59b, RSC IV
19, Hunter III
10, SRCV III
9495, VF/F, well centered
, light toning
die wear, tiny edge cracks, Rome
3.874g, maximum diameter
24.0mm, die axis
, 250 A.D.; obverse
HER ETRVSCILLA AVG, draped bust
right, crescent behind shoulders, wearing stephane
, hair in plait looped at the back of head
; reverse PVDICITIA AVG
(virtue of the Empress), Pudicitia (modesty) seated left, drawing veil from face
with right hand, scepter
in left hand; $60.00
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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