Genuine Ancient Roman coin 2nd cent. AD 18 Kt gold pendant depicting Emperor Marcus Aurelius
This exquisite pendant features an original Roman coin dating back to the 2nd century AD, showcasing Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Crafted from 18 Kt gold, it is a testament to the timeless beauty and historical significance of ancient Roman art. The coin's reverse side displays a depiction of Victory, symbolizing triumph and glory.
Marcus Aurelius, renowned as both a Roman emperor and a stoic philosopher, reigned from 161 to 180 AD. He was the last among the esteemed rulers known as the Five Good Emperors and played a crucial role in maintaining the Pax Romana, a period characterized by relative peace and stability within the Roman Empire. Notably, Marcus Aurelius served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161 AD.
Born during the reign of Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius was the son of the emperor's nephew, Marcus Annius Verus (III), and his wife, Domitia Lucilla. After the passing of his father, Marcus was raised by his mother and grandfather, Marcus Annius Verus. Following the demise of Hadrian's adoptive son, Aelius Caesar, in 138 AD, the emperor adopted Marcus' uncle, Antoninus Pius, as his new heir. Subsequently, Antoninus extended his adoption to include Marcus and the son of Aelius, Lucius, who would later reign as Emperor Lucius Verus alongside Marcus. With Hadrian's death in the same year, Antoninus ascended to the throne, making Marcus the designated successor.
During his formative years, Marcus dedicated himself to studying Greek and Latin, receiving guidance from esteemed tutors like Herodes Atticus and Marcus Cornelius Fronto. He maintained a close correspondence with Fronto for many years. In 145 AD, Marcus solidified his connection to the imperial family by marrying Faustina, Antoninus' daughter. Antoninus passed away due to illness in 161 AD, paving the way for Marcus Aurelius to assume the title of emperor.
This sterling silver pendant showcases an authentic Roman coin from the 1st century AD, featuring the portrait of Emperor Augustus. The reverse side of the coin depicts his two nephews, Lucius and Gaius.
Caesar Augustus, originally named Gaius Octavius, was born on September 23, 63 BC, and he passed away on August 19, AD 14. He is famously known as Octavian and was the first Roman emperor, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. Augustus is renowned for his role as the founder of the Roman Principate, which marked the initial phase of the Roman Empire. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders in human history.
Augustus's reign ushered in an era of imperial peace known as the Pax Romana or Pax Augusta, during which the Roman world experienced relative freedom from large-scale conflicts for over two centuries, despite ongoing wars of expansion on the empire's frontiers and the "Year of the Four Emperors" civil war over the imperial succession.
Born into a wealthy equestrian branch of the plebeian gens Octavia, Augustus inherited the name, estate, and the loyalty of Julius Caesar's legions after being named as his adopted son and heir in Caesar's will. He formed the Second Triumvirate alongside Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus to defeat Caesar's assassins. Following their victory at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, the Triumvirate divided the Roman Republic among themselves and ruled as de facto dictators.
After the dissolution of the Second Triumvirate, Augustus restored the outward appearance of a free republic. Power was officially vested in the Roman Senate, executive magistrates, and legislative assemblies. However, Augustus maintained autocratic authority by obtaining lifetime tenure as commander-in-chief, tribune, and censor through the Senate.
Augustus married his daughter, Agrippa, and their union resulted in five children: three sons named Gaius Caesar, Lucius Caesar, and Agrippa Postumus (named so because he was born after Marcus Agrippa's death), and two daughters named Vipsania Julia and Agrippina. It became evident that Augustus intended to make Gaius and Lucius Caesar his heirs when he adopted them as his own children.
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