An Urbs Roma Nummus

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A coin doesn’t have to be valuable to be beautiful and it is for this reason why, despite the few silver issues highlighted previously, that the majority of my collection are low value bronze denominations. A particularly good example of … Continue reading

A New Year, A New Denarius

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Over the festive period my Roman coin collection has increased quite considerably so here is one I identified earlier. It is a denarius of Septimius Severus, emperor of Rome from AD193-211 the founding father of the Severan dynasty and saviour … Continue reading

The Hare Mosaic II

Since last week’s discussion of the hare mosaic I’ve been thinking again about the place of the ‘hare’ in ancient religion.

For all the talk of its potential significance in its namesake mosaic, the significance of the hare in ancient religion is a veritable mystery and uncovering the reason would add such great flavour to an already absorbing piece of art.

For the sake of a reason, my best guestimation would be that the hare, as well as the goose and cockerel, were all the zoomorphic representation of a native deity or at least the animal companion of.  Such companions are widely known from ancient pagan religions such as the cockerel and ram being associated with Mercury.   A parallel can also be drawn to a local belief, across the Cotswolds where a series of sculptures dedicated to a local deity all portray a figure associated with a bird, given the area possibly a wood pigeon.  

This to my mind would suggest that, if the hare was taboo as food or a hunting item and looked after or revered by the native British, then being the associate to a deity would be a most plausible explanation for such behaviour and worship. Nevertheless this is just conjecture and should be treated as such, but it never hurts to enquire and it would certainly be plausible. Furthermore even if it is a valid assumption  the next mystery is who was this deity, and what powers did it behold?  It seems history loves nothing more than a mystery.

Ancient Art and the Hare Mosaic

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A picture can paint a thousand word however when the artist, or even the whole society that made it has disappeared, it can become rather difficult to decipher those words. Iconography, motifs and patterns in art can sometimes look rather … Continue reading

Mad for Mosaics? My latest creation.

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Once more into the breach my friends, once more!  Yes that’s right it has been full steam ahead in the workshop this week and so I present to you another mosaic creation. This design strives to blend native British style … Continue reading

Identifying Roman Coins: Coin Portraits

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Whilst the inscriptions will be of huge assistance to identifying an ancient coin sometimes they are simply not legible, either through the steady wear of overuse or the ravages of spending nearly two thousand years in the soil: it’s a … Continue reading