Denarius (Coin) Portraying Octavian

A work made of silver.
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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

28 BC, issued by Octavian

Artist:

Roman; minted in Pergamum or Ephesus

About this artwork

Octavian so utterly defeated the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 B.C. that both committed suicide rather than be humiliated as prisoners of Rome. Octavian advertised his triumph with this coin, announcing boldly “Egypt [is] captured.” To the Romans the crocodile, an exotic inhabitant of the Nile River, symbolized Egypt. To the Egyptians it was the incarnation of the god Sobek.

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Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Octavian

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

28 BC

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

Diam. 2.1 cm; 3.52 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.3046

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