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Roman Republic

Caivs Ivlivs Caesar
In 1932 the bronze statue of Caivs Ivlivs Caesar was placed next to the Forum of Caesar on Via dei Fori Imperiali

The Seven Hills of Rome
Rome was built adjacent to the river Tiber on seven hills.

A Roman parcel gilt silver emblema of Cleopatra Selene
Circa late 1st century BC - early 1st century AD

Roman Baths Trier Germany
The Baths are considered to be the largest Roman Baths outside Rome_The City of Trier itself was founded by the Romans in 16 BC under the name Augusta Treverorum.

Rome and its Wars
The obverse shows the helmeted head of Roma, Value mark below chin and ROMA behind. The reverse displays Victory crowning Jupiter with a wreath made from leaves. Victory is the goddess that guides other gods and heroes during their exploits. Victory was a Roman goddess who was very popular with the Roman army. The god Jupiter on this coin is used to represent his support to Rome in its Wars. Jupiter was the Roman god of the sky and his weapon was the thunderbolt. This is why he holds a thunderbolt on this coin, and as time went on, Jupiter became known as a protector of the Roman people and king of all the Roman gods.

The elephant is depicted on this coin because the moneyer’s ancestor Lucius Metellus fought in the first Punic war and defeated the Carthaginian general Hasdrubal at Panormus, which is now Palermo in Sicily in 250BCE.

He defeated his enemy by panicking the enemy’s elephants, which he then captured and displayed in his triumph at Rome. Thereafter the image of an elephant frequently appears on coins issued by the Metelli Family.

Our Moneyer (C. Caecilius Metellus) issued this coin in Rome around 125 BCE to show his family connection to this victory which would bring him a lot of prestige.

Alexander The Great (336 BC - 323 BC)

Roman Mosaic I Century BC Pompeii

Triumphating General Painted His Face
by Mitt Rejano

Minim- A bright earth-red pigment with which the triumphating general painted his face, it would seem so that he looked like the terracotta-faced statue of Jupiter Optimus Maximus.