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    Lucius Verus. A.D. 161-169. AR denarius, (18 mm, 3.49 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 161/2. Laureate head of Lucius Verus right / Bound Parthian captive seated right; at feet, quiver, bow, and shield. RIC 540; BMC 385; RSC 273. Nearly XF, underlying luster. Ex Gorny & Mosch (10 March 2003), 461.

    The reverse of this denarius depicts a defeated Parthian captive, advertising Roman anticipated victories over Parthian dominated Armenia (A.D. 163) and the western Parthian Empire (A.D. 165-166), while the obverse proclaims Verus as Armeniacus and Parthicus Maximus for these conquests. Despite the presentation of Verus as the great war leader the type and titles are largely propaganda. Verus spent most of the war enjoying the luxuries of Antioch while his legates led the legions into battle in Armenia and Mesopotamia.


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