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Roman Republic, Denarius

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Roman Republic, Denarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Denarius (reverse)

The obverse of this Roman denarius from the year 43 BC depicts Diana, the goddess of women, of childbirth and the hunt, in her guise as Diana Nemorensis.

The reverse shows a triple cult statue of Diana Nemorensis Diana, Hecate and Selene with a cypress grove behind. Both Hecate and Selene were pre-Greek goddesses, whose worship had merged with the cult of Diana.

The inscription P. ACCOLEIVS LARISCOLVS on the obverse refers to the moneyer Publius Accoleius Lariscolus. He supposedly came from Aricia, where in a wooded grove on the shores of Lake Nemi lay the oldest cult centre of Diana Nemorensis.

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