Nicopolis ad Istrum Dionysus





Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 25
Weight (g) 12.7
Die Axis 0
Tariff 4 assaria
Governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
Ob. Leg. K M OPPEL ANTWNI DIADOVMENIANOC
Ob. Desc. Bare head right seen from behind
Meaning Caesar, Marcus Opellius Antonius Diadumenianus
Rev. Leg. VP AΓPIΠΠA NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTP / Ω
Rev. Desc. Dionysus standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsos; panther at feet
Meaning Consular legate Agrippa, (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus
References; Collection; Moushmov 1320 (var.); Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1. No. 3652
Notes: Dionysus is the Greek version of Bacchus, god of wine and mysteries. Also represented 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.