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AMPHINOMUS and ANAPIS (or Anapias), two brothers, of Silicy, respecting whom it is related that they saved their parents, at the peril of their own lives, from the flames of Etna, at the moment when an eruption of that volcano threatened their immediate destruction. This was a favourite subject with the ancients, in symbolising filial piety; and is often represented on Greek coins of Catana (Catania), where this noble action is alleged to have been performed. Of these two Sicilian brothers, types of that devoted love, which is ever cherished by good children towards the earthly anthors of their being, Cornelius Severus, alluding to Mount Edna, thus expresses himself: -

Amphinomus fraterque pares sub munere fortes, Cum jam vicinis streperent incendia tectis, Accipiunt pigrumque patrem, matremque senilem.

"Amphinomus and his brother, both equally courageous in the performance of a duty, whilst the flames murmured their threats against the neighbouring houses, rescue their decrepid father, and their aged mother."

On a well known denarius of Pompeius Magnus, struck in reference to his naval command, and to his victories over the pirates on the coasts of Sicily and of Italy, this popular legend is clearly alluded to, by a typification, in which Neptune forms the centre of a group; whilst on each side of him is a naked young man, carrying on his shoulders an aged figure, clothed. It is thus that on Roman coins, after the example of the Greek, Amphinomus and Anapis are seen rescuing their father and mother from the perils of the burning mountain. - See PRAEF. CLAS. ET. ORAE. MARIT. - The above is engraved from the silver coin restored by Trajan, valued by Mionnet at 300 fr. (L11 17s. 10d.)

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