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SENATVS PIETATI AVGVSTI S C


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    SENATVS. PIETATI. AVGVSTI. S. C.----On an elegant sestertius of Galba, with the foregoing legend, a senator is represented in the act of crowning the emperor. Havercamp, in his commentary on Morell's engraving of this coin, says he has no doubt that this remarkable type refers to two similar statues, which were erected at Rome by a decree of the senate in honour of Galba. For he is seen crowned by the senate, or by the Genius of the senate, a rite originally performed among the Greeks at the ceremony of raising statues, and which seems to have been adopted from them by the Romans. As to the Piety celebrated on this medal, the same numismatist regards it as an allusion to the display of modesty which distinguished the conduct of Galba, who shunned the appearance of assuming the empire without the consent of the senate, and who, after he had revolted from Nero and been saluted as emperor by the army, had the prudent shrewdness (as Suetonius relates) to call himself only Legatum Senatus ac Populi Romani.----See GENIO SENATVS.

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