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Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Parium, Mysia
Eros was the Greek god of love. His Roman counterpart was Cupid ("desire"). According to Hesiod (c. 700 B.C.), one of the most ancient of all Greek sources, Eros was the fourth god to come into existence, coming after Chaos, Gaia (the Earth), and Tartarus (the Abyss or the Underworld). Parmenides (c. 400 B.C.), one of the pre-Socratic philosophers, makes Eros the first of all the gods to come into existence. In early Greek poetry and art, Eros was depicted as an adult male who embodies sexual power. But in later sources, Eros is represented as the son of Aphrodite, whose mischievous interventions in the affairs of gods and mortals cause bonds of love to form, often illicitly. Ultimately, by the later satirical poets, he is represented as a child, the precursor to the chubby Renaissance Cupid.
RP88073. Bronze AE 22, RPC Online VI temp 10921 (1 spec., private collection, Charlottesville, VA), SNGvA 1338 var. (reverse legend), otherwise unpublished, F, brown tone, well centered on a round flan, porosity, struck with worn/damaged dies with a break below the bust, Parium (Kemer, Canakkale, Turkey) mint, weight 4.948g, maximum diameter 22.3mm, die axis 180o
, c. 184 - 190 A.D.; obverse IMP CAI (sic) M AV - COMMODVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse DEO CVPIDINI - COLO IVL HAD PA (to the god Cupid, Colonia Gemella Julia Hadriana Pariana), Cupid standing slightly left, head right, nude but for drapery over left arm, right hand held over herm at feet on left; extremely rare
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