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This is the last day of Black Music month, so I thought it was time for another one.  Again emphasizing the eclecticism, only more emphatically on a global scale.  ...This also happens to coincide with the last Aksumite I've gotten, as of today.


Aksum /Axum.  Gersem, 522-38 (Hahn) / c. 600 (Edit: Munro-Hay --look, I've been sick); which was the last to issue coins is also disputed).  Billon unit. 

Obv. Gersem crowned, holding staff surmounted by a cross.

(In Ge'ez, having long since fully replaced Greek; unvowelled, typically of Afro-Semitic languages:) G'R [/] S'M. 

Rev. As above, but wearing headcloth.  N'G' [/] S.  (Negus;' King.)

Hahn Type147 (H 51); catalogue nos. 523-528.

Munro-Hay 147. 

Here's some Ethiopian Orthodox liturgical music for Easter, from Gondar.  The town wasn't founded until the 17th century, but it's within the borders of the original Aksumite kingdom.  No one's under any obligation to watch the whole thing, but I'm going to.  I have think the combination of influences, from various Middle Eastern 'High Church' traditions, to pretty emphatically African elements, is really cool. 



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And here's an old coin I've had in my collection for a while. 

Claudius II Gothicus, 268-270 CE.
Roman billon antoninianus, 4.07 g, 22.4 mm, 5 h.
Antioch, officina 5, issue 1, 268-end 269 CE.
Obv: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: SALVS AVG, Isis standing left, holding sistrum and situla; Є in exergue.
Refs: RIC 217A; MER/RIC temp 1024; Cohen 256; RCV 11370; Huvelin 1990, 10; Normanby 1109.

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John, penny as Lord of Ireland; later (and commoner) issue, Dublin, 1207-1211.

Obv. John facing, with crown and sceptre; flower /quatrefoil to right.

IO[hA] / NNE[S] / REX X

Rev.  Crescent and sun; stars in three corners of triangle.  [+] ROBE / RD ON / [+] DIVE.  Spink, Scotland, Ireland (etc., 2015), 6228.

And of course, John did some signing of his own.



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Nessun dorma translates roughly to nobody sleeps.


Marcus Aurelius had this to say,

“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”

So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?

You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.”

Here is the man himself


Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
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Here is a coin of Vespasian, the General. I have always wondered about the patina on this coin. Is the this natural patina of the coin, as when it comes from the ground and is perhaps enhanced by some careful cleaning. I have seen a fair number of other Vespasian coins with a similar look. Especially on the back of the coin, you can see corrosion, and the color of this is the same as the rest of the coin. I don't know exactly how the surface of this coin came to be, but it is appealing, at least to me.




Here's some marching music for an army:


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The Great Intoxication... coins? Along with a few examples that intoxicate me.

Pisidia; Selge; c. 250 - 190 BCE; AR Obol; 0.89 grams; Obv: Facing gorgeoneion; Rev: Helmented head of Athena right,
astragalos to left; SNG Ashmolean 1546 - 50, SNG BN 1948-54

Marcus Aurelius. AR Denarius. Struck 161/2 AD. M ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right / CONCORD AVG TR P XVII, COS III in exergue, Concordia seated left, holding patera, resting left elbow on statuette of Spes set on base. 18mm 3.4gm

Romanus I Lacapenus (920 - 944); Constantinople Æ Follis; Obv: +RwMAN bAS-ILEVS Rwm’ Facing bust of Romanus I, bearded, wearing crown and jeweled chlamys, and holding labarum and globus cruciger; Rev: +RwMA/N’ENΘEwbA/SILEVSRw/MAIwN; 27mm, 8.09g, 6h; R.1886-8, Sear 1760


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Viscounty of Chateaudun, anon. denier, c. 1200-1210 (Duplessy 488).  




I like how this includes the very first use of the Gothic /Lombardic 'N,' in an otherwise relentlessly (neo-/)Romanesque series.  Turn of the century indeed.

Posted this tune on the older forum, but sometimes I just need it.


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