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P. ACCOLEIVS LARISCOLVS - A female head. Rev. Three females standing, their heads termining in trees. - Silver R.


We have here an adumbration of the fable of Phaeton's sisters changed into laricies, allusive to the name of Accolcius Lariscolus, a monetal triumvir, who caused this medal to be struck. According to the myth, Phaeton wishing to drive the chariot of ths Sun, fell a victim to his temerity. His three sisters, inconsolable for his death, were metamorphosed into populars or larches. Accoleius, in representing this fictitious incident on the medal, refers to the name of Lariscolus, which he derived from one of his ancestors, renowned no doubt for his zeal in cultivating the larch tree. Eckhel, v., 118. "It appears to me not improbable (says Dr Cardwell) that Accoleius was the Colony of Aquilicia, which, as we learn from Livy, was founded on the Adriatic in the year B.C. 181, and afterwards became a place of considerable importance. The name of the family implies of itself some probable connection with it; but the supposition is much strengthened by the device which accompanies and elucidates it. The word Lariscolns shows still further the connection of the family, with that neighbourhood and with the shores of the Adriatic. Witruvius says of the larix, that it is unknown, except to those citizens (municipibus) who inhabit the banks of the river Po, and the shores of the Adriatic sea. He also states that the wood is not easily ignited; so that we may doubt whether the word, which we commonly translate larch, does not really include a species of popular." -Lecture viii. p. 164.


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