Coins and Medals
Ruler: Gallienus, emperor of Rome, A.D. 253–68
Mint: Temenothyrae

Uncertain denomination of Gallienus

253–68

Bronze

20.85 gm, 12:00, 40.6 mm
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund with the assistance of Ben Lee Damsky
2008.83.133

Temenothyrae was a small town in the uplands of Lydia. Part of its religious life was the pompa (procession) seen here, on which the statue of a cult deity—only partly visible even on the large (41 mm) flan of the coin—was transported, presumably from her temple around the town and back, or perhaps to another destination. The size of the statue meant it had to be supported by guylines, with which the men in the background of the scene are struggling in an effort to keep the statue stable.

Geography: 
Made in Temenothyrae, Phrygia
Culture: 
Greek
Period: 
3rd century
Classification: 
Coins and medals
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (Chestnut Hill, Mass.: McMullen Museum of Art, 2014), 253, plate 32, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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