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Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Mark Antony

A work made of silver.
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Date:

39-38 BCE, issued by Mark Antony

Artist:

Roman, probably minted in Ephesus

About this artwork

The Roman general Mark Antony forged an alliance with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt in an attempt to capture Rome’s eastern territories. On this coin he had himself depicted wearing the ivy-leaf crown of Dionysos in order to reinforce his claim that he was “the new Dionysos” and therefore had divine right to rule. The Greek historian Plutarch (Antony, 24:3) described Antony’s entry into Ephesus in 41 CE as follows:

“When he entered Ephesus, women dressed like Bacchants, men and boys like satyrs and Pans, led the way. The city was full of ivy and thyrsos-wands and harps, pipes and flutes. People were calling him Dionysos Giver of Joy and the Benefactor.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Mark Antony

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

39 BCE–38 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: M ANTONINVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT Reverse: III VIR / R P C

Dimensions

Diam. 3 cm; 11.52 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.2828

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