«money: a promise?»

Roman Empire, Philip the Arab for Otacilia Severa, Denarius

 back

Roman Empire, Philip the Arab for Otacilia Severa, Denarius (obverse) Roman Empire, Philip the Arab for Otacilia Severa, Denarius (reverse)

Otacilia Severa was the wife of Philippus Arabs, who was Roman emperor from 244 to 249. He fell in a battle against the usurper and later emperor Decius. When the news of the emperor's death reached Rome, his son Philippus Junior was murdered by the Pretorian Guard. Otacilia Severa supposedly befell the same fate, for the names of all three were erased from the inscriptions. This suggests a damnatio memoriae, a condemnation of memory, by the senate complacent to the new ruler. This denarius shows Otacilia Severa on the obverse. The reverse depicts Concordia, the personification of harmony.

 back