Medallion of Carausius


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 24 October 2016
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The rebel Carausius (Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Valerius Carausius) declared himself emperor, making Britain his base. Although he had no authority in Rome, he stressed his Roman identity by citing the poet Virgil on his coins. He also used Roman symbols, such as the wolf and twins. This Carausius' medallion quotes from Virgil's eclogues 4, "Now a new generation is let down from Heaven above". Copper alloy medallion, from London, England, circa 286 CE. Donated by R. Higgins. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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