Roman Republic, Denarius


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

The obverse of this denarius from the year 82 BC shows Apollo, the Greek god of light, healing and prophecy, wearing a laurel wreath. The reverse depicts the satyr Marsyas carrying a wine skin over his shoulder. Behind him is a column with a statue of Victory. The legend L. CENSOR refers to the moneyer Lucius Marcius Censorinus.

According to Greek legend Marsyas was a flute-playing satyr who challenged the god Apollo to a contest. He lost and was flayed alive. The reason why the moneyer commissioned this design is unclear.


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