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Image of Republican Denarius of Rome Issued by P. Crassius

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Republican Denarius of Rome Issued by P. Crassius

55 BCE
Silver

11/16 in. (diameter) x 1/8 in. (1.8 cm x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.923
Geography: Europe, Italy, Rome
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Culture/Nationality: Roman
Collection: Lily Ross Taylor Collection

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • Aphrodite
  • cuirasses - Armor protecting the front and back of the torso, variously made throughout their history of layers of linen or leather, metal scales, lames, or plates, or combinations of leather and metal.
  • denarii - Roman silver coins originally valued at ten asses, later debased in value and purity; in use from the late 3rd century BCE until the mid-3rd century CE.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • Republican - Refers to the period in history and style of art that developed when Rome was ruled by the Republic, from its founding in 509 BCE through the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE or the formal establishment of the Empire in 27 BCE. Art produced during this period reflects the political power, glories, and distinguished ancestors of the ruling families, resulting in many portraits and historical reliefs. The style is characterized by the influence of Classical Greek art and an emphasis on extreme realism.
  • shields - General term for armor pieces carried in the hand or on the arm, used to parry an opponent's blows or provide shelter from projectiles. They have existed worldwide throughout history in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials.
  • silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.
  • spears - Simple staff weapons having a sharp-pointed head and no auxiliary blades or points, used both in warfare and hunting since ancient times in many cultures and regions. Various forms have been designed for thrusting or throwing or both.
  • trophies - Objects taken as spoils in war or in hunting, or awarded as prizes for victory in contests; typically include such things as armor and weapons taken from an opponent in battle, stuffed and mounted skins, heads or other portions of a slain animal, and elaborate silver pieces awarded as contest prizes. Distinct from "trophies (monuments)", which are monuments erected as permanent reminders of military victories, usually containing images of the spoils of battle,.
  • warriors - Those trained for or engaged in the physical combat of warfare, especially close hand-to-hand combat, and designated for or sanctioned in that function by the society or group for which they fight, irrespective of membership in an army. Includes men of the warrior age grade in certain pre-literate societies, as for instance, among some East African pastoral societies. For members of an army, whether directly involved in combat or in other duties, use "soldiers."

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