Julius Caesar Denarius. CAESAR, Aeneas walking left, carrying Anchises and the Palladium.

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 Julius Caesar Denarius. CAESAR, Aeneas walking left, carrying Anchises and the Palladium.
Julius Caesar Denarius. 47-46 BC, mint in
Africa. Diademed head of Venus right / CAESAR, Aeneas walking left, carrying Anchises and the Palladium. Cr458/1, Syd 1013. RSC 0012.goodVF.minor porosity on OB.3.1g.
This type relates to the mythical descent of the Julia gens from Julus the son of Aeneas.

In Greek mythology, Anchises was a son of Capys. He was the father of Aeneas by Aphrodite. Anchises bred his mares with the divine stallions owned by King Laomedon. After the Trojan War, Anchises was carried from Troy to Italy by his son, Aeneas. Anchises died and was buried in Sicily. Aeneas later visited Hades and saw his father again.

      Aeneas, in Roman mythology the son of Anchises, a Trojan prince, and

        Venus, goddess of love. After the capture of Troy by the Greeks,

        Aeneas was able, with the help of his mother, to escape from the

        fallen city. Carrying his aged father on his back and leading his

         little son by the hand, he made his way to the seacoast. In the

      confusion of flight, his wife was left behind. A long, perilous, and

          adventure-filled voyage took him to Thrace, Delos, Crete, and

         Sicily, where his father died. The goddess Juno, who had always

        hated Aeneas and wanted to keep him from founding Rome, which she

       knew was his destiny, tried to drown him in a violent storm. He and

      his crew were cast up on the African coast, where they were welcomed

        by Dido, the beautiful queen of Carthage. Dido fell in love with

       Aeneas and begged him to remain. When he refused and set sail, she

         took her own life in despair. After several years of wandering,

          Aeneas reached Italy and the mouth of the Tiber; there he was

       hospitably received by Latinus, king of Latium. He became betrothed

       to Lavinia, the daughter of Latinus, but before he could marry her,

         Juno caused Turnus, king of the Rutuli and a rejected suitor of

          Lavinia, to make war against Aeneas and Latinus. The war was

        resolved by hand-to-hand combat, in which Turnus was defeated and

       slain by Aeneas. Aeneas then ruled for several years in Latium and,

          marrying Lavinia, founded the Roman people called Latins. His

             descendants Romulus ans Remus founded the city of Rome.

         The great Roman epic, the Aeneid by Vergil, tells the story of

        Aeneas' perilous wanderings in detail and ends with the death of

                             Turnus.�

 Encarta 1994

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