Otacilia Severa, wife of Philip I. Silver antoninianus (3.45 gm, 22,2mm). AD 248.
Obv: OTACIL SEVERA AVG, draped bust of Otacilia Severa right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders.
Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG, hippopotamus looking right, IIII in exergue.
Cohen 63. RIC 116b.
This coin was struck in honor of the Secular Games, held to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome. During these games a wide variety of exotic animals were brought to Rome to be displayed and, usually, killed in the arena. Modern bull fighting is but a pale imitation of the extensive destruction of animals that took place during Roman festivals. Not only were beasts killed in imitation of hunts, but others were used for the public execution of criminals who were thrown to them: presumably those unfortunates who were not immediately felled by the wild beasts were dispatched by their keepers.
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- Otacilia Severa (AD 248), wife of Philip I - hippopotamus right - celebrating 1000 years Rome
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