Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by JayAg47, Dec 7, 2021.
I don't have any Theodosius coins, but have a couple of Vesta,
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Gratian removing the altar of victory = Battle of Adrianople - Eastern army gets destroyed | Battle of Frigidus - Western Army gets destroyed
Theodosius killing the eternal flame that protects the city = Rome gets sacked
If this wasnt enought to restore your faith into our lord Jupiter Optimus Maximus while reading this I dont know what can
While it may seem silly and maybe brushed off as superstition, deep down the Roman society still had strong beliefs to their native gods, the true Roman gods that they've been worshiping for centuries, after all why should the average citizen follow some cult from a far off province just because the emperor had a dream. Messing with the beliefs of the people is never a good idea, infact this is in part why Rome had massive success in expanding, even Pliny wrote that when the Roman army was preparing for a siege of a city, the Roman priests would call for the local deity's help and offer proper treatment, if not better treatment of the said deity under Roman rule, Judea being the exception).
I'm sure the actions of some of these monotheistic emperors would've certainly broken the spirit and the last remaining hope of the Romans, which was already being waned by the shifting of the empire's capital to Ravenna and Constantinople, and the sacking of 410 AD pretty much sealed the deal.
This coin of Theodosius says that he Restored the Republic....
Theodosius I. AE2. 379-383 AD. Rome. DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / REPARATIO-REIPVB, Emperor standing facing, head left, holding Victory on globe in left hand and raising kneeling, turreted woman, with right hand. Mintmark SMRB
Are you telling me that emperors used their coins for propaganda?!?!
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