Genuine Roman Silver Coin Pendant depicting Diana Nemorense

  • • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Silver Coin 1st cent. BC • Bezel material: Sterling Silver 925

In this 925 silver pendant is set an authentic Roman coin, a denarius, minted by Publio Accoleio Lariscolo (69-43 BC), which depicts the bust of Diana Nemorense; in the back we see a triple statue of Diana, next to some cypress trees. Diana Nemorensis ("Diana of Nemi"), also known as "Diana of the Wood", was an Italic form of the goddess who became Hellenised during the fourth century BC and conflated with Artemis. Her sanctuary was to be found on the northern shore of Lake Nemi beneath the cliffs of the modern city Nemi (Latin nemus Aricinum). This lake is referred to by poets as speculum Dianae – "Diana's Mirror"; by the town of Aricia which was situated about three miles off, at the foot of the Albanus Mons, the Alban Mount, and separated by a steep descent from the lake, which lies in a small crater-like hollow on the mountainside.