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Celtic Chariots on Roman Coins

  • Stuart Piggott
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1 Antiq. Journ., XXVII (1947), 117-19, with Pl. XVIIa, (from Déchelette, , Manuel 11, 1190, fig. 504.

2 Journ. Brit. Arch. Assoc., VI (1850), 252–5.

3 B.M. Cat. Coins Roman Repub., 1, p. 184, no. 1185.

4 B.M. Chron., 1924, 31 ff.; 1941, 120 ff. I am most grateful to my colleagues, Professor Michael Grant and Dr John Allan, for their help in this matter. Dr Allan kindly provided the casts from which my illustrations were made, while still in the British Museum.

5 BMC Repub., I, p. 513, no. 3994.

6 Ibid, II, p. 363, no. 70.

7 The literary evidence is conveniently set out by Arbois de Jubainville in Rév. Celtique, ix (1888), 387-93 and Theodore Reinach in ibid, x (1889), 122-33. De Jubainville gives the Bituitus reference, from Floras.

8 In Fox, loc. cit., 118 n.

9 Professor Grant notes that it has been suggested by Babelon that the ‘Vercingetorix’ representation may in fact be a personification of Pallor or Pavor ( Monn. Rep. 1, 549-52), and that an alternative explanation of the reverse would be a reference to a battle fought by Hostilius' legendary ancestor, Tullus Hostilius, against the people of Veii (ibid, 1, 549). The head may be nothing more than a typified Gaul. Babelon further referred to a British essedum when commenting upon the trophy on the coin of Julius Caesar (ibid, 11, 13).

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