Denarius Commemorating Hadrian's Return to Rome in 118 CE

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Carole Raddato
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published on 06 December 2021

In Rome, while the emperor was away, people would invoke Fortuna Redux (‘Home-Bringing Fortune’), a particular form of the goddess Fortuna who oversaw a return from a long or perilous journey. Fortuna Redux was first introduced in 19 BCE to mark the return of Emperor Augustus from Asia Minor and was later widely disseminated throughout the western half of the empire. In 118 CE, for instance, coinage with Fortuna Redux commemorated the safe return of Hadrian from the East. His arrival in Rome on July 9 of the same year was celebrated as his adventus (arrival), and a new coin bearing the legend ADVENTVS AVG(VSTI) – “the arrival of Augustus” – was issued.

Coin from the author’s collection.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2021, December 06). Denarius Commemorating Hadrian's Return to Rome in 118 CE. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14967/denarius-commemorating-hadrians-return-to-rome-in/

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