Elagabalus AE28 of Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior. Triptolemos riding right in biga of Dragons!

Ancient Coins - Elagabalus AE28 of Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior. Triptolemos riding right in biga of Dragons!
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Elagabalus AE28 of Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior. AVT K M AVR (ANTONIENOC AVG), laureate draped bust right / U P NOBION ROUFOU NIKOPOLITWN PROCICT, Triptolemos riding right in biga of winged serpents.�Moushmov 1446. No.1145.gVF and Rare!Legate Novius Rufus.
Triptolemos, the son of Keleos and Metaneira, was given grain by Kore (Demeter) and sent to the human race to teach them agriculture.

 This coin boasts a sharp portrait of undoubtedly the strangest of all Roman Emperors. Varius Avitus Bassianus was a 13-year-old
 High Priest of the sun god Elagabal in the city of Emesa when fate--and his scheming grandmother Julia Maesa--plucked him out of obscurity to become the next Emperor of Rome. Maesa,
 sister of the Empress Julia Domna, was looking for a figurehead through which she could restore the Severan dynasty to power. Her bizarre grandson proved more than she bargained for. In addition to his priestly duties, the new Emperor also was an exotic dancer in the sun cult and a complete transvestite homosexual--a practice accepted by the anything-goes East but frowned upon by the blue blood of Rome. He chose a Vestal Virgin as one of his three wives, further shocking traditional Romans. Much of his reign was spent participating in outlandish religious rites involving much ritualistic sex, and a succession of thoroughly decadent entertainments. In the end, the Roman Army could not  stomach a Sun-worshiping transvestite exotic dancer as its
 Commander-In-Chief, and he was assassinated after a weird reign of four years.

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