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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Julia Soaemias| > SL89805
Julia Soaemias, Augusta 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Mother of Elagabalus
Venus (Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named Paris, would decide. Each of the three finalists offered Paris a bribe. Hera promised he would rule the world. Athena said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled Paris to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.
SL89805. Silver denarius, RSC III 8a, BMCRE V E49, Hunter III 5, RIC IV E241, SRCV II 7719, NGC AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (3598759-035), Rome mint, weight 2.59g, maximum diameter 17.9mm, die axis 180o, 220 - 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus standing half left, apple in extended right hand, long scepter in left hand, small star lower left; from the Martineit Collection of Ancient and World Coins; SOLD










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