Vespasianus Grumpius

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  1. Amit Vyas

    Amit Vyas Well-Known Member

    Experimenting with a single solar light to supplement the low sunlight.
    He came out looking positively grumpy.:D

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  3. JayAg47

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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Looks like he's grumpy and chomping on a short cigar :cigar:
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    He was grumpy on those SALVS denarii. Here's mine:

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  6. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    He was just as grumpy in Antioch :)

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    Vespasian, Antioch, 'Dupondius' (AE, 26 mm, 15.71 g). Laureate head of Vespasian to left./ Rev. Large S C within laurel wreath. RPC II 2009 (this coin).
     
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  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I dunno, my V’s has his “look”, but they don’t seem a severe grumpy look.

    I think about his dry wit, and can just envision how much I like the guy...

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    Vespasian 69-79 CE
    AR Quinarius
    Victory seated wreath palm
    1.35g, 13.5mm
    RIC 802
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  8. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    IMP CAES VESPASIANVS GRVMP III
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  9. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thick neck means he may have had Ancient Sleep Apnea.
    Needed a good nights sleep. Too much wine and fatty foods
     
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  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    My grumpy Vespasian, but I also have some which appear happy/pleased:

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  11. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Could be Constipation look. Needmetamucilianus
     
  12. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    For me his attitude is more like "yeah, not bad, Titus"
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  13. Amit Vyas

    Amit Vyas Well-Known Member

    Quite the reverse. He died after contracting diarrhoea. Didn't lose his wit though: remarking "Dear me, I think I'm becoming a god!", finding humour in the contrast between his condition and the impending deification.
     
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  14. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    I’m sure that was a major killer then and now....
     
  15. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Vespasian Ar Denarus Ephesus annulet issue 76 AD Obv Head right laureate Rv Winged caduceus RIC 1477 3.07 grms 18 mm vespd26.jpg Photo by W. Hansen I always thought that rather than being grumpy he looked constipated. I think a comedian at the time made a comment to that effect.
     
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  16. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    A marvelous portrait! Huge coingrats.
    One of the wittiest remarks, of this amazingly witty Emps career, was made against him. Supposedly Vespasian asked an artist rendering his image to, "get drawing". And the witty artist replied, "as soon as your done releasing your bowels".
    The fact that this survives is a testament to Vespasian's self awareness and hilarious sense of humor.
    Here's my "Cowboy" Vespasian:
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  17. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Brian, you know exactly what to do with that grumpy quinarius when you are tired of it my friend.
     
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  18. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Hmmm...do I have a few grumpy Vespys around here somewhere?
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  19. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    When I think of Vespasian's wit, I think of the story of smelling the coins from the urine tax. I had to wonder if you were slipping in a little 'dry' humor here or if this was an accident.
     
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  20. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LOL, that was EXACTLY my thought when I posted... Urine Tax! And, the “dry” wit.
     
  21. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LOL, hmmm... BURY it with me? :)
     
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