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    Herculean House

    Maximian, first reign (AD 286-305). AV aureus (18mm, 5.03 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 3/5. Trier, AD 293-294. MAXIMI-ANVS P F AVG, laureate head of Maximian right / HERCVLI VICTORI, Hercules seated facing, head right, on low throne, hands crossed on lap; lion-skin draped over right leg; club resting against left knee; quiver and bow against right; in exergue, P T.  RIC VI 13 (R2). Cohen 30. Calic├│ 4680. Slightly matte surfaces, with an appealing Tetrarchic portrait and reverse.

    As part of the image associated with the Tetrarchy, Diocletian adopted Jupiter as his patron deity and thus formed the "Jovian" house of rulers, while Maximian adopted Hercules and thus became head of the "Herculean" house. Accordingly, Diocletian's coins prominently featured Jupiter, while those of his partner Maximian often depicted Hercules in diverse poses. The arrangement survived into the Second Tetrarchy, with Galerius and Constantius heading up the respective branches, but was soon forgotten after Constantine's rise to power. 


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