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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 72 - 73 A.D. Vespasian Silver Denarius Priestly implements about EF

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 72 - 73 A.D. Vespasian Silver Denarius Priestly implements about EF

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Struck at around the same time as construction began on the Colossuem.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) Vespasian 72 - 73 A.D. Silver Denarius 3.07g Rome RIC# 356 Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII. Laureate head right. Rev: AVGVR / TRI POT. Priestly implements: simpulum, sprinkler, ewer (jug) and lituus. about EF.

Struck at around the same time as construction began on the Colossuem.

Vespasian and Titus were commissioned by Nero to suppress the revolt in Judea, during the persecution of the war they learned of the revolt against him. Vespasian supported Galba and Otho, but refused to support Vitellius.

Vespasian obtained the acclamation of his legions on July 1st, 69AD, and his forces quickly prevailed over Vitellius. He remained in Alexandria until 70AD, then left Titus in charge of the war effort and returned to Rome to take up the administration of the empire.

During Vespsasian's reign, a number of building projects were undertaken and the frontiers were cleared of rebellion. The most well-known of Vespsasian's building projects is of course the Colosseum.

One of the important policies of his administration was the settling of the Civil War veterans on the frontiers. This helped to increase security for these regions and gain the respect of the military.

On June 23, 79AD, Vespasian was hit by a severe bout of sickness. With the memorable last words “An emperor ought to die standing,” he struggled to his feet, but collapsed, and died in the arms of his attendants.

Vespasian's legacy is regarded as being a stable government and a restocked treasury - he came to power a military man, but had the good sense to rule with the cooperation of the senatorial aristocracy.

The impression we are left with is of a man with firm though limited objectives, conscientious and generally tolerant, not one to harbour a grudge or imagine enemies around every corner.

Vespasian was, in that sense, one of the good emperors of Rome.