Benvenuti in queste pagine dedicate a scienza ed arte. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Denarius of Julius Caesar, struck under Mettius Roman Republican Period 44 B.C.

As we have discussed in the previous post, Tom Buijtendorp e Maja d'Hollosy used also a coin for their awful rendering of the head of Julius Caesar, besides the busts of Leiden and Tusculum. In their rendering, the head had been deformed to become very large on a very thin neck. The eyes are small, to increase the deformity.
Now, the coin used is a Denarius with head of Julius Caesar, struck under M. Mettius, Roman Republican Period, 44 B.C. Here in the image the coin.

In the Denarius I see a SMALL head on a NORMAL neck, and BIG eyes. The neck shows the rings of Venus. Let us remember that Gaius was born into a patrician family, the Caesars of the gens Julia, which claimed being descent from Iulus, son of the legendary Aeneas, son of the goddess Venus. For this reason, the neck is also a symbolic representation of the origin of the man. It does not mean that the neck was unusually long. IN ANY CASE, the head is not like the so-called 3D rendering made in Holland and shown at http://www.rmo.nl/reconstructiecaesar .