About this artwork
Governing the People
The Good Emperors dedicated themselves to the well-being of the people, but as the back of their coins indicate, each ruler had his own understanding of what made good government.
Antoninus Pius, living up to his name, portrays himself practicing religious rites by making a sacrifice to the gods. His daughter the empress Faustina the Younger, was paired with an image of Juno who, as the wife of Jupiter, symbolized marriage and family and acted as the divine protector of children. Rome encouraged large families to populate its provinces and fill the army’s ranks. Faustina was the wife of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and mother of his thirteen children.
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- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Roman
- Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Younger
- 161 AD–175 AD
- Obverse: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA "Empress Faustina" Reverse: IVNONI LVCINAE
- Diam. 2 cm; 7.08 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson