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Latin: happy (fortunate, successful) times.


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 TEMPORVM FELICITAS. - A brass medallion of M. Aurelius, bearing on its obverse the bare head of that emperor, with legend of AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG. PII. F. TR. P. II. COS. II.; and on the other side, Hercules bearing a trophy in his left hand, and resting the right hand on his club, as he stands in a car drawn by four centaurs, each having different attributes.

  In the second edition of his work De la Raret et du prix des Mdailles Romaines, Mionnet has given an exquisitely finished engraving of this splendid medallion.  It is also engraved in Akerman's Descriptive Catalogue, vol. i. pl. c.

  TEMPORVM FELICITAS,- Four children, designating the seasons of the year; on a brass medallion, the obverse of which exhibits the infant portrait of Annius Verus (son of Aurelius and of Faustina jun.) facing that of his brother Commodus-[in the French national cabinet]-with inscription of COMODVS CAESar; VERVS CAESar.

It was during the childhood of these two princes (the former of whom died at a very early age), that this elegant type was produced for the first time on the coinage of Rome, though afterwards revived under Commodus, Caracalla, Diocletian, and others.  It personifies, in succession, Spring,

Summer, Autumn, and Winter, each season bearing some symbol of its respective gifts.  The first holds a basket filled with flower; the second a sickle; the third a basket of apples and a bunch of grapes, which an animal (a panther) is leaping at; the fouth a hare, and a bird suspended from a stick upon his shoulder; all the figures are naked, except the one which represents winter, which is wrapped in vestments-as in the octagon tower of Andronicus, at Athens, Boreas is sculptured, enshrouding his face in a cloak.  On the exergue we read an announcement of that public happiness which, in flattery to the reigning emperor, was boasted of as the characteristic of the times when the medallion was struck.-See FELICITAS TEMP. and FELICIA TEMPORA.

  TEMPORVM FELICITAS.- A woman lying on the ground, holds in her right hand an olive branch, and near her left hand is figured a rabbit.

  Banduri gives this from the Vienna cabinet, as the legend and type on the reverse of a gold coin of Laelianus (one of those military chieftains who assumed the purple in the troubled reign of Gallienus).-From this monetary revival of the rabbit, as the old symbol of Hispania, it would appear that that country, or at least a portion of it, was subject at the period in question to these usurpers in Gaul.

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