Nicopolis ad Istrum - Eros
||Nicopolis ad Istrum|
||K M OPEL DIADOVMENIA|
||Bare head right – seen from behind|
||Marcus Opellius Diadumenianus, Caesar|
||NIKOPOLIT-WN PROC||Rev. Desc.
||Eros/Thanatos, standing, leaning on burning inverted brand
||(Coin) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus
||Collection; Moushmov 1313; Varbanov (Eng.) Vol1. No. 3601
||This reverse type is generally recorded as Thanatos (Genius of Death) in conventional publications. Prof. Patricia Lawrence has postulated that this is unlikely. Why would such a depressing depiction be placed on the reverse of young princes (examples are also seen for Caracalla and Geta) who, it would be hoped, would go on to continue the dynasties? The depiction is more likely to be that of Eros (or at least incorporate some virtues of that deity) showing weariness after a night of passion and virility – when the ‘torch’ of that energy has been spent.