GAIUS MEMMIUS AR silver denarius. 56 BC. Head of Romulus/Quirinus. Ceres, serpent at her feet. Celebrating the first Games of Ceres, April 12-18.

Ancient Coins - GAIUS MEMMIUS AR silver denarius. 56 BC. Head of Romulus/Quirinus. Ceres, serpent at her feet. Celebrating the first Games of Ceres, April 12-18.
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GAIUS MEMMIUS (Gaius Filius) AR silver denarius. Struck circa 56 BC. Laureate and bearded head of Romulus or Quirinus right; C MEMMI C F before, QVIRINVS behind. Reverse - MEMMIVS AED CERIALIA PREIMVS FECIT, Ceres seated right with torch & grain ears, serpent at her feet. Cr427/2; Syd 921, RCV 388. 20mm, 4.0g.

Long before 'Cereal games' adorned the back of boxes of Corn Pops and Frosted Flakes in the form of crosswords, the 'Games of Ceres' (the Cerealia) were celebrated in honor of Ceres, the goddess of grains. Gaius Memmius, a direct ancestor of the moneyer striking this issue, was thought to have celebrated the first games in honor of Ceres some time around 210 BC or before. The games, probably originally celebrated as a fertility festival, were celebrated in the Spring, from April 12-18, probably upon the conclusion of the spring planting of grain crops. During the 1st century BC they came to include theatrical performances and music.
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