Genuine Roman Bronze Coin Silver Pendant depicting Emperor Augustus and Agrippa
This captivating sterling silver pendant holds an authentic Roman bronze coin from the 1st century BC featuring Emperor Augustus and his son-in-law, Agrippa. The coin's reverse side depicts a chained crocodile beside a palm tree, commemorating Caesar's victory over Antony and Cleopatra's fleet in Egypt in 31 BC.
Augustus, the inaugural Roman emperor (63 BC – AD 14), shaped history profoundly. Known as the founder of the Roman Principate, his reign ushered in the Pax Romana, an era of remarkable peace lasting over two centuries despite intermittent conflicts on the empire's fringes and the "Year of the Four Emperors" civil war over succession.
Born Gaius Octavius, Augustus came from a prestigious lineage. Adopted by Julius Caesar, he assumed the name Gaius Julius Caesar, known as Octavian. The Second Triumvirate, comprising Octavian, Mark Antony, and Marcus Lepidus, arose to avenge Caesar's assassins. Yet, conflicting ambitions fractured the Triumvirate, leading to Lepidus's exile and Antony's defeat by Octavian at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC.
Marcus Agrippa, a remarkable figure, stood as Augustus's confidant and played pivotal roles in Rome's architecture and military victories. His triumph at Actium solidified Octavian's ascent to become Rome's first Emperor, adopting the title Augustus Caesar. Agrippa's contributions transformed Rome, enhancing public amenities with splendid structures like baths, porticoes, and the original Pantheon.
Moreover, Agrippa's connections extended through his marriage to Julia the Elder, who later wed Emperor Tiberius, and his lineage linked to Caligula and Emperor Nero. His legacy as a military strategist, architect, and key figure in Augustus's reign remains an integral part of Roman history.