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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Themes & Provenance ▸ Gods, Non-Olympian ▸ Selene or LunaView Options:  |  |  | 

Selene or Luna

In Greek mythology, the lunar deity Selene was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. In Roman mythology, the moon goddess is called Luna, Latin for "moon."

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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Lucifer means lightbringer, from the Latin lux light and ferre to bear or bring. The word Lucifer is found in only one place in the Bible -- Isaiah 14:12 -- but only in the King James and related versions: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as lucifer, which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that came to be understood by so many as the name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.
RS86477. Silver antoninianus, BMCRE V p. 432, C9 (says reins in both hands); RSC III 106; RIC IV C379a; Hunter III p. 99, C14; SRCV II 7096, aEF, attractive style, surfaces a bit grainy, two small cuts and a scrape on the obverse at edge, weight 4.174 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, reign of Caracalla, c. 211 - 217 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in seven horizontal ridges, small flat coil low at back of head, looped plait from ear and on neck, crescent behind shoulders; reverse LVNA LVCIFERA, Luna driving biga of horses left, leaning forward, reins in right hand, whip(?) in left hand, crescent on the top of her head, a fold of drapery floating in circle behind her head; $150.00 (Ä127.50)

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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In 189 A.D., plague (possibly smallpox) killed as many as 2,000 people per day in Rome. Farmers were unable to harvest their crops and food shortages brought riots in the city. Part of Rome burned in 190. Commodus ordered the city to be rebuilt under the name Colonia Commodiana.
RX79588. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 2686 ff.; Curtis 852; Geissen 2252; Dattari 3889; SNG Cop 582; BMC Alexandria p. 175, 1404; Kampmann-Ganschow 41.124; Emmett 2558, F, dark patina, weight 10.856 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 189 - 28 Aug 190; obverse M A KOM ANTW CEB EYCEB, laureate head right; reverse bust of Selene left, large crescent on left, L Λ (year 30) on right; $60.00 (Ä51.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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RB17349. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 597(d), SRCV II -, VF, weight 14.053 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 121 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, radiate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse AETERNITAS AVGVSTI S C, Aeternitas standing facing holding busts of the Sol and Luna; minor flan flaws in fields; SOLD


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