thenickelguy Posted November 19, 2022 · Member Share Posted November 19, 2022 Arcadius AE4 of Antioch. 395-401 AD. Obverse D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse VIRTVS-EXERCITI, emperor standing left, head right, holding spear and resting left hand on shield. Victory, standing beside him, crowns him with a wreath which she holds in her right hand. Mintmark ANTΓ. RIC X 70, Γ A weak ruler, his reign was dominated by a series of powerful ministers and by his wife, Aelia Eudoxia. As emperor he was more concerned with appearing to be a pious Christian than he was with political or military matters. Not being a military leader, he began to promote a new type of imperial victory through images, not via the traditional military achievements, but focusing on his piety. Arcadius's reign saw the growing push towards the outright abolishment of paganism. On July 13th 399, Arcadius issued an edict ordering that all remaining non-Christian temples should be immediately demolished. info snippets from wiki and image as well 18 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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