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Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
The Roman historian Eutropius says Constans "indulged in great vices," in reference to his homosexuality, and Aurelius Victor stated that Constans had a reputation for scandalous behavior with "handsome barbarian hostages." Nevertheless, Constans did sponsor a decree alongside Constantius II that ruled that marriage based on "unnatural" sex should be punished meticulously. However, the decree may have only outlawed homosexual marriage. It may also be that Constans was not expressing his own feeling when promulgating the legislation but was rather trying to placate public outrage at his own perceived indecencies.
heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica
II 1649, SRCV V
18675, Cohen VII
13, Hunter V
56 var. (3rd officina
), VF, traces of silvering
, well centered
, some die wear, some light corrosion, 1st officina
) mint, weight
5.017g, maximum diameter
23.0mm, die axis
, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse
D N CONSTANS P F AVG
, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, A behind; reverse
FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored
standing left on galley, Victory
on globe in right hand, labarum
(chi rho Christogram standard
) in left, Victory
seated in stern steering ship, A in left field
, TSA in exergue
Catalog current as of Saturday, February 23, 2019.
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