Marcianopolis - Eros
||M OPELLIC ANTWNEINOC|
||Bare headed and draped bust right – seen from behind|
||Marcus Opellius Antonius|
||Eros/Thanatos standing left, resting chin on palm, leaning on (extinguished) inverted brand
||(Coin) of the people of Markianopolis – A prince crowned by the gods
||Collection; Moushmov 591; Hristova/Jekov (V2) 126.96.36.199 (r6), p.127 - this coin; Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1. No. 1339; AMNG I 796, p. 251;
||Eros was worshiped as a fertility god and associated with love and sexual desire. Sometimes thought of as Thanatos, ‘god of death’, due to his association with the concept of life after death. The symbolism here, of the extinguished torch, may represent joy after sexual fulfilment, or hope for life after death.