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    Carus. A.D. 282-283. AE double aurelianianus, (23 mm, 5.36 g, 6 h). Siscia, A.D. 282. DEO ET DOMINO CARO AVG, radiate and draped bust of Sol right, vis à vis radiate and cuirassed bust of Carus left / Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding branch and scepter, resting elbow on column beside her; XI. RIC 99. XF, dark green-brown patina, light porosity. Extremely rare.

    This issue of Carus is notable for the use of the full obverse titulature referring to the emperor as Deus et Dominus ("God and Lord"). The first emperor to claim this title was Domitian in the first century A.D., and at the time it was seen as a sign of his increasing megalomania, but by the third century it was not uncommonly used to advertise the absolute authority and divinity of the emperor at a time when the emperor's godhead was being challenged by early Christianity. Recognition of the emperor's divinity through an act of sacrifice was a standard test of loyalty and a means of identifying Christians during the various persecutions of the third century.


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