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    Temple Of Vesta

    Vespasian (AD 69-79). AV aureus (20mm, 7.24 gm, 11h). NGC VF 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 73. IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head of Vespasian right /  VES-TA, round temple-shrine of Vesta with four columns and flight of steps leading up to the central tondo; within, statue of Vesta; to left and right, statue on base. RIC 549 (R). Cohen 578. Calic√≥ 691 (S2). Struck on a broad flan, with an attractive architectural reverse.

    The reverse depicts the circular Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum, a portion of which survives today. The round floor plan with the conical roof were probably reminders of the round huts in which denizens of Rome first lived. At the center of the temple was the Sacred Fire of Vesta, tended by the order of Vestal Virgins. Over nine centuries, the shrine was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The version seen here was rededicated by Vespasian after the Augustan temple had been damaged in the fire of AD 64.


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