Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Amit Vyas, Jan 26, 2021.
He came out looking positively grumpy.
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Looks like he's grumpy and chomping on a short cigar
He was grumpy on those SALVS denarii. Here's mine:
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).
I think about his dry wit, and can just envision how much I like the guy...
Vespasian 69-79 CE
Victory seated wreath palm
Needed a good nights sleep. Too much wine and fatty foods
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.
I’m sure that was a major killer then and now....
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.
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:
Brian, you know exactly what to do with that grumpy quinarius when you are tired of it my friend.
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.
LOL, that was EXACTLY my thought when I posted... Urine Tax! And, the “dry” wit.
LOL, hmmm... BURY it with me?
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