David Atherton Posted December 7, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 7, 2022 (edited) This coin depicts such an iconic image from the classical world, it is a wonder it took me so long to acquire one. Let the wine flow! Domitian Æ22, 5.56g Cibyra (Phrygia) mint, Klau Bias high priest Obv: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙ ϹƐΒΑΥΟϹ (sic); Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: ƐΠΙ ΑΡΧΙƐΡΕΩϹ ΚΛΑΥ ΒΙΑΝΤΟϹ, ΚΙ ΒΥ; Dionysus standing, l., holding cantharus and thyrsus; to l., panther RPC 1263 (9 spec.). Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, November 2022. Cibyra struck coins during the reign of Domitian under the authority of the high priest Klau Bias. Dräger proposes a date of c. 93-96 for the issue, although this cannot be certain. Previously, the city had produced coins under Augustus, Tiberius, and Vespasian. The Domitanic issue shows a marked improvement in style along with an increase in production. This coin shows one of the more popular reverse types from the issue depicting Dionysus the god of wine, fertility, and ritual madness pouring wine for his beloved panther companion. It is almost certainly based on a cult image. Bacchus, the Roman name for Dionysus, is often shown in the same pose as depicted on the coin. This famous fresco from Pompeii celebrating the region's fertility is virtually identical (although Bacchus wearing a bunch of grapes is a neat touch!). Please share your coins of Dionysus or Bacchus. As always, thanks for looking! Edited December 7, 2022 by David Atherton 21 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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