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Spes
Severus Alexander AD 222 - 235
AR - Denar, 3.35g, 18mm
Rome AD 232
Av.: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG
draped and cuirassed bust, laureate head r.
Rv.: SPES PV - BLICA
Spes draped advancing l., holding flower r.,raising robe with l.
RIC IV/2, 254; C.546; BMCR.897
VF

SPES, hope, with near relations to Fortuna and Salus. Under the Principat part of the religion of loyality. Depicted like Aphrodite in the Greek art, holding flower, raising garment.
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archivum  [Jul 26, 2006 at 04:55 PM]
Spes is pictured as a standard archaic maiden-figure or Kore; Rome's first temple of Spes was archaic-era (477 BC according to Tameanko), so that seems to fit.
slokind  [Jul 26, 2006 at 05:58 PM]
Like Archivum, I know of no reason to think of Aphrodite for the Spes type; it is just part of the neo-Archaic of the late 1st c. BC. Pat L.