Eros appears on Roman provincial coins as an element of many different reverse types—as a single figure or with other Erotes, with his “girlfriend” Psyche, accompanying Aphrodite or other deities, with a favoured animal like a dolphin or lion, or as part of a more complex tableau like the story of Hero and Leander or the so-called Rape of Persephone. In these notes we describe and discuss the different types. For a systematic arrangement of the material, see the Blog Archive.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Type 18: Two Erotes Wrestling
The playful scene of two Erotes wrestling is known on coins of the Thracian cities of Serdica and Trajanopolis.
*Serdica in Thracia, coins of Caracalla (illustration).
Æ 19, 2 h, 3.62 g. Obv. ΑΥT K M AYP CEV ANTΩNEINOC. Laureate bust of Caracalla r. Rev. CEPΔΩN. Two Erotes wrestling.