Roman Republican Silver Denarius of Mamilius Limetanus - 82 BC

A silver denarius dating to the Roman Republic, issued under the moneyer C. Mamilius Limetanus, in 82 BC.

The obverse with the draped bust of Mercury, wearing a winged petasus, a caduceus behind his shoulder.

The reverse with Odysseus wearing pileus and mariner's dress, his dog, Argos, running to greet him. The legend reading:

C MAMIL LIME(TA)N 

"C Mamilius Limetanus"

 

The reverse shows a scene from the Odyssey. We see the moment when, after 20 years, Odysseus returns home dressed as a beggar. Despite the years spent apart and his ragged clothes, Odysseus' old dog Argos recognises him and races to greet him:

"Soon as he perceived
Long-lost Ulysses nigh, down fell his ears
Clapped close, and with his tail glad sign he gave
Of gratulation, impotent to rise,
And to approach his master as of old.
Ulysses, noting him, wiped off a tear
Unmarked.
. . . Then his destiny released
Old Argus, soon as he had lived to see
Ulysses in the twentieth year restored. At last, seeing his master after so many years, the old dog dies!


Homer. The Odyssey. 17.290.

Roman Republican Silver Denarius of Mamilius Limetanus - 82 BC. A silver denarius dating to the Roman Republic, issued under the moneyer C. Mamilius Limetanus, in 82 BC. The obverse with the draped bust of Mercury, wearing a winged petasus, a caduceus behind his shoulder. The reverse with Odysseus wearing pileus and mariner's dress, his dog, Argos, running to greet him. The legend reading: C MAMIL LIME(TA)N  "C Mamilius Limetanus"   The reverse shows a scene from the Odyssey. We see the moment when, after 20 years, Odysseus returns home dressed as a beggar. Despite the years spent apart and his ragged clothes, Odysseus' old dog Argos recognises him and races to greet him: "Soon as he perceivedLong-lost Ulysses nigh, down fell his earsClapped close, and with his tail glad sign he gaveOf gratulation, impotent to rise,And to approach his master as of old.Ulysses, noting him, wiped off a tearUnmarked.. . . Then his destiny releasedOld Argus, soon as he had lived to seeUlysses in the twentieth year restored. At last, seeing his master after so many years, the old dog dies! Homer. The Odyssey. 17.290.

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