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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: C. Hosidius C. f. Geta
Held Office: Moneyer 68 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Draped bust of Diana to right, wearing stephane, earring, and necklace, and with bow and quiver over shoulder; "III VIR" downwards to left, "GETA" downwards to right.
Reverse: The Calydonian boar standing to right, its front legs thrust forward, pierced through by a spear and harried by a hound below. "C•HOSIDI•[C•F]" in exergue.
Reference: RRC 407/2; BMCCR Rome 3388;RSC Hostidia 1; RCVM 346
Weight: 3.96 gms
Diameter: 17.3 mm

Hostidius

Although the significance of the type to the moneyer who caused it to be struck remains a mystery, the classical myth which it depicts and the lesson it carried regarding the consequences of neglecting the Gods would have been a message well known to and easily recognised by the ancient Romans.

The Calydonian boar was sent by Diana to ravage the lands of Calydon in Aetolia, where the king Oeneus had not afforded her the proper rites and respect. With the citizens cowering behind city walls, a hunt was organised in which the lone female hunter, Atalanta, was the first to draw blood when she pierced the boar through its side with her spear, as depicted in this fine reverse type.

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