Plautilla AE21 of Bithynia, Nicomedia. Skylla left with dolphin (?) and rudder over shoulder.

Ancient Coins - Plautilla AE21 of Bithynia, Nicomedia. Skylla left with dolphin (?) and rudder over shoulder.
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Plautilla AE21 of Bithynia, Nicomedia. (NIB?) FOU PLAUTILLA CEB, draped bust right / NIKOMHDEWN DIC NEWKORWN, Skylla left with dolphin (?) and rudder over shoulder. Nicomedia AE21 RecGen 253. VF but a great portrait of this scarce empress.

Splendid portrait, and quite an interesting type. Caracalla had been forced to marry Plautilla and didn't like her, and one can imagine a hidden meaning to a reverse depicting a female monster sporting a hair style remarkably similar to Plautillas on the obverse!

Fulvia Plautilla was the daughter of Caius Fulvius Plautianus who later became the Praetorian Prefect under Caracalla. After Plautianus was executed following trumped charges of a plot against Caracalla, Plautilla was banished to Lipari. When Caracalla became sole emperor in 211 AD, he had Plautilla executed



Scylla, the sea-monster | Paestan red figure krater C4th B.C. | J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu

Scylla, Paestan red-figure krater
C4th B.C., J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu

SKYLLA (or Scylla) was a monstrous sea goddess who haunted the rocks of certain narrow strait opposite the whirlpool daemon Kharybdis. Ships who sailed too close to her rocks would lose six men to her ravenous, darting heads. Homer describes Skylla as a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth. Her voice was likened to the yelping of dogs. This description of Skylla is probably derived from the imagery of words associated with her name : namely, "hermit-crab" (Greek skyllaros), "dog" and "dog-shark" (skylax), and "to rend" (skyll�). In classical art she was depicted as a fish-tailed sea-goddess with a cluster of canine fore-parts surrounding her waist.

Late classical writers say that she was once a beautiful nymph who was loved by the sea-god Glaukos. She has a jealous rival in the witch Kirke who used her magics to transform Skylla into a monster. The old poets, however, imagined Skylla as a creature who was born monstrous.
From:Theoi Project - , Aaron J. Atsma, New Zealand

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