Nicopolis ad Istrum - Dionysus





Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 25
Weight (g) 12.57
Die Axis 0
Tariff 4 assaria
Governor Statius Longinus
Ob. Leg. K M OPELLI ANTΩ DIADOVMENIANOC
Ob. Desc. Bare head right seen from behind
Meaning Caesar, Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus
Rev. Leg. VΠ CTI ΛONΓINOV NIK-OΠOΛITΩN [...]
Rev. Desc. Dionysus naked, standing left, holding kantharos & thyrsos - panther to feet
Meaning Consular legate Statius Longinus , (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus
References; Collection; Moushmov 1320 (var.); Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1. No. 3674;
Notes: Dionysus is the Greek fore-runner of Bacchus, god of wine and mysteries. Also represented by Roman mythology as the god Liber. In this latter aspect he was worshipped with Ceres and, Libera (his partner), in a group called the Eleusinian Triad. While Bacchus was more properly a god of wine, Dionysus was involved with a lot more activities.