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Domitia, Wife of Domitian, who Reigned 81 - 96 A.D.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famous general Cnaeus Domitius Corbulo and was taken from her husband and married to Domitian in 70 A.D. In 83 A.D. she was exiled for her affair with the actor Paris. Later Domitian seems to have forgiven her, as ancient sources indicate her as a part of the plot that ended the emperor's life. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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RPC II notes the style of Domitian's cistophori is similar to that of the Rome mint and the die axis is always 6:00 like Rome and unlike Ephesus. It is likely they were struck at Rome. BMCRE notes the fineness is 85%.
RS89459. Silver cistophorus, RPC II 866, RIC II-1 845, BMCRE II 225, SNG Cop 431, SNGvA 6581, RSC II Domitia and Domitian 2, F, toned, scratches and marks, some legend weak, weight 9.622 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome (or uncertain Anatolian) mint, 82 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII•, laureate head of Domitian right; reverse DOMITIA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Domitia right, hair massed in front and in long plait behind; rare; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Ephesos in Alliance with Smyrna, Ionia

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The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.Artemis
RP91446. Bronze AE 21, RPC II 1083 (2 spec.), Franke-Nolle -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG München -, BMC Ionia -, Stumpf -, Choice gF, excellent centering, attractive darker highlighting fields, light marks, light porosity, obverse die break at 8:00, weight 7.555 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesos mint, proconsul P. Calvisius Ruso, c. 92 - 94 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse ANΘY POYCΩNOC OMONOIA (Anthypatos Ruso, alliance), facing cult statue of Artemis of Ephesos standing, wearing polos and veil, with arm supports, ZMYP (Smyrna) downward on left, EΦE (Ephesos) downward on right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades, only a few specimens known to exist; extremely rare; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, who reigned 81 - 96 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Domitia married Domitian in 70 A.D. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP58865. Bronze AE 17, RPC II 944, VF, weight 2.936 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust of Domitia right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, lyre; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Philadelphia, Lydia

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Philadelphia, located south-east of Sardeis, was founded by Attalos II Philadelphos, King of Pergamon. It was an important and wealthy trade center that retained its importance until late Byzantine times. Saint Paul and Saint John the Theologian, visited, and established the first Christian churches. St. Ignatius of Antioch visited on his trip to his martyrdom in Rome. Philadelphia is among the Seven Churches named in John's Book of Revelation.
GB71756. Bronze AE 15, RPC II 1336; BMC Lydia, p. 198, 64 - 65; SNG Cop 379; SNG München -, VF, centered, green patina, encrustations, weight 3.350 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Philadelphia (Alasehir, Turkey) mint, 81 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right; reverse EΠI ΛAΓETA ΦIΛA∆EΛΦE, bunch of grapes; scarce; SOLD


Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.

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The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
RB19605. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 24; Cohen VIII p. 268, 10; SRCV I 2924; Vagi 196, Choice VF, weight 3.040 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right; reverse dove standing right, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Cilbiani Superiores, Lydia

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Little is known about ancient the Kilbiani region and inhabitants. Plinius (Nat. Hist. V 29, 33, XXXIII 37) informs us that the people of the "Cilbiani inferiores et superiores" belonged to Ephesos, and in their mountains, "in Cilbianis jugis" could be found the source of the river Kaystros, the surroundings of which, "Cilbiani agri supra Ephesum" produced the best vermilion.
RP67915. Bronze AE 22, SNG Turkey VII 188; BMC Ionia p. 62, 1; RPC II 1062; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, F, weight 5.325 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Cilbiani Superiores mint, obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse KIΛBIANWN TWN ANW, facing cult statue of Artemis of Ephesos standing, wearing polos and veil; extremely rare; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Eumeneia, Phrygia

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Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famous general Cnaeus Domitius Corbulo and was taken from her husband and married to Domitian in 70 A.D. In 83 A.D. she was exiled for her affair with the actor Paris. Later Domitian seems to have forgiven her, as ancient sources indicate her as a part of the plot that ended the emperor's life. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP84551. Bronze AE 15, RPC II 1388 (8 spec.), SNG Newham Davis 315, Lindgren III 588, vA Phrygiens -, BMC Phrygia -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, aVF, dark patina, porosity, weight 2.654 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Eumeneia (near Civril, Turkey) mint, 81 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair rolled in front and in que behind; reverse KΛ TEPENT YΛΛA APXIE (Kl. Terent. Hylla, αρχιερέας (high priest or priestess), counterclockwise from upper left), Cybele seated left on throne, patera in extended right hand, resting left forearm and hand upon tympanum (drum) at near side; EYME-NEΩN, in fields, starting downward on right, ending downward on left; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 42 (3 Apr 2016), lot 519; ex Dr. P. Vogl collection, ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (sold 30 Dec 1992, with dealer's ticket); rare; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famous general Cnaeus Domitius Corbulo and was taken from her husband and married to Domitian in 70 A.D. In 83 A.D. she was exiled for her affair with the actor Paris. Later Domitian seems to have forgiven her, as ancient sources indicate her as a part of the plot that ended the emperor's life. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP58742. Bronze AE 24, RPC II 342, AMNG III 78, BMC Macedonia 96 - 97, SNG Cop -, F, weight 11.772 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 45o, Amphipolis mint, 81 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA AYΓOYC CTA, draped bust right; reverse AMΦIΠOΛITΩN, Tyche seated left, turreted, patera in right; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Silandos, Lydia

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Luna, the Greek moon-goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But Mên was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times Mên was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. Mên is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and chicken. A temple of Mên has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia.
RP27525. Bronze AE 16, RPC II 1354; BMC Lydia, p. 281, 17, aF, weight 2.404 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, Silandos mint, 81 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right; reverse CIΛAN∆EΩN, Mên standing left, pine cone in right, long vertical staff in left; scarce; SOLD


Domitia, Augusta, 82 - 96 A.D., Nakrasa, Lydia

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Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famous general Cnaeus Domitius Corbulo and was taken from her husband and married to Domitian in 70 A.D. In 83 A.D., she was exiled for her affair with the actor Paris. Domitian seems to have forgiven her, as ancient sources identify her as a part of the plot that ended the emperor's life. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP79877. Bronze AE 17, RPC II 935 (3 spec.), SNG Cop 297, SNG München 342; Mionnet IV 507; BMC Lydia -; SNGvA -, F, green patina, porous, light deposits, light corrosion, a little off center, weight 2.662 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Nakrasa (near Kirkagach, Turkey) mint, 82 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse NAKPACEITΩN, kithara (lyre); very rare; SOLD




  




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