Out of the hard bright sky,A Thracian north wind blowingWith searing rages and hurt—dark,Pitiless, sent by Aphrodite—LoveRocks and tosses my heart.
Eros’s less interesting brother is Anteros, or Requited Love—the two of them are occasionally represented in fifth-century vase-painting as being blond and dark-haired respectively.
A few other depictions of Eros, for example on tesserae, gemstones and small artworks, will be included for comparison, but not systematically. Specialist studies are available, however, and a few recommendations for reading have been made under “Miscellaneous Erotes” (Type 24).
No systematic attempt will be made to distinguish between variants in the legends on the coins or the types of imperial bust (similarly, it shouldn’t be assumed that the exact descriptions of the coins illustrated in the text necessarily apply to all the specimens known for that type). A large percentage of Roman provincial coins are in any case too worn and battered to permit exact description. The size of the images does not match the size of the coins—sizes are given in the detailed descriptions—and some of the images are deliberate enlargements of especially interesting or attractive coins.