Orange Julius Posted February 4 · Member Share Posted February 4 (edited) One of my favorite passages from Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire on the emperor Carus: “He gives audience to the Pesian ambassadors. The successor of Artaxerxes, Varanes, or Bahram, though he had subdued the Segestans, one of the most warlike nations of Upper Asia,was alarmed at the approach of the Romans, and endeavoured to retard their progress by a negotiation of peace. His ambassadors entered the camp about sunset, at the time when the troops were satisfying their hunger with a frugal repast. The Persians expressed their desire of being introduced to the presence of the Roman emperor. They were at length conducted to a soldier who was seated on the grass. A piece of stale bacon and a few hard peas composed his supper. A coarse woollen garment of purple was the only circumstance that announced his dignity. The conference was conducted with the same disregard of courtly elegance. Carus, taking off a cap which he wore to conceal his baldness, assured the ambassadors that, unless their master acknowledged the superiority of Rome, he would speedily render Persia as naked of trees as his own head was destitute of hair. Notwithstanding some traces of art and preparation, we may discover in this scene the manners of Carus, and the severe simplicity which the martial princes who succeeded Gallienus had already restored in the Roman camps. The ministers of the Great King trembled and retired.” I just love imagining this scene. The emperor of Rome, sitting there in the grass, snacking… and making threats to the Persians while making fun of his own baldness. Heres a new-ish coin of Carus.LOOK AT THAT BALD HEAD!!! I’m having a bit of trouble nailing down the most recent thoughts on mint city. I believe the coin is RIC 124, which seems to be associated with both Siscia and Antioch. Let me know if you have thoughts to add. As always, pile on coins of bald or balding emperors, people with wigs, or coins of Carus! Edited February 4 by Orange Julius 25 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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