ewomack Posted July 5, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 5, 2022 (edited) Just like I sought out a Marcus Aurelius coin because of his association with Stoic philosophy, I also wanted to find a decent Julian II specimen because of his association with Cynic philosophy. Though not considered a "true Cynic," he defended traditional "lived" Cynicism, practiced by Diogenes of Sinope, against the more "literary" Cynicism of his day. I have read excerpts of his "Oration 9, Against the Ignorant Cynics" and "Oration 7, To the Cynic Heracleios," both of which discuss Cynic maxims, especially "Know Thyself," and defend the life of Diogenes as worthy of emulation. He also incorporated aspects of theurgy and Plotinian Neoplatonism into his religious beliefs. Of course, his attempt in 362 to "Make Rome Pagan Again" and return it to its classical roots marks him as the last Roman non-Christian Emperor and a pretty fascinating historical figure all-around. His attempts at pagan revisionism apparently didn't quell the momentum of Christianity and his early death at the Battle of Samarra against the Sasanians left the question of whether he could have stemmed the Christian tide forever unanswerable. This is a pretty dark coin that looks great in hand, but resists photography, perhaps slightly due to the slab. Not everyone likes slabs, and I may someday "free" the coin, but it seemed like one of the better examples I could find. The slab grades it "Ch. XF," does not include any subcategories such as "Strike" or "Surface, and adds "lt. smoothing." A more complete attribution is below the pictures. I'm still relatively new to ancients, I believe this represents only my 7th on the pile. Any thoughts? Julian II (360 - 363) AE1 (BI Maiorina); Thessalonika Mint; Obv: DN FL CL IVLIANUS PF AUG; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; Rev: SECVRITAS REIPVB; Bull standing right, two stars above;*TESΓ in exergue; Ref: RIC 226; NGC Graded Ch. XF Edited July 5, 2022 by ewomack 14 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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