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Roman Antiquities

The Roman lion has long been a symbol of power from the Roman Kingdom through the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. It was long thought that lions were the draft animals of the Deities, respected by religious leaders. Lions pulled the chariots of the Gods and were the religious symbol of the power of death, and are frequently represented in funerary symbolism.

The lion and the eagle were the prime symbols in both the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Major Roman figure were frequently depicted wearing Lion skins and Lion heads as symbols of their power.

Above is a large limestone Lion Head, thought to be the end of a Roman sarcophagus, from a wealthy Roman citizen, most likely from the Second Century B.C.-----it is deeply carved limestone (quite heavy) and is 26 inches long x 16 inches tall x 5 inches deep; and on its heavy metal stand, it is 28 inches long x 20 inches tall x 7 inches deep....(RN-947)...$16,750

At the end of The Roman Empire and the beginning of the Byzantine Empire, there was much blending of the cultures. This coin represents one of the last of the Roman Emperors, Maurice Tiberius who ruled from 582 through 602 A.D. It is a Gold Solidus showing, on the obverse his Draped and Cuirassed bust of Tiberius with Plumed Helmet holding an orb; and, on the reverse, an Angel standing holding a long staff surmounted with Chi-Rho. It is 21 mm in diameter and 4.3 weighs grams...(RN-217)....$625

Nearing the end of the Roman Empire, Justinian I ruled from 527 through 565 A.D. This copper follis shows on the obverse a helmeted Justinian I facing forward, folding a globe, shield and cross; and, on the reverse, a large "M" with cross above and A/N/N/O at the left and the regal year on the right. It is 40 mm in diameter and weighs 21.6 grams...(RN-213)...$225

Classical Roman Antiquity occurred during the Roman Republic, prior to the advent of Imperial Rome. These two drinking glasses are from c. 200 B.C, during the Roman Republic. Both glasses are light green in color, darken somewhat from years of having been buried. The glass on the left has an attached rim encircling it and an attached handle, fully intact. There is evidence of ancient repairs to minor cracks. It is 91 mm tall and 64 mm in diameter....(RN-467)...$340.

The more bulbous drinking glass on the right has two attached handles, and all are fully intact. It is 110 mm tall and 77 mm in diameter...(RN-468)...$385.

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