Medallions showing Commodus as Hercules

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 19 October 2016
Medallions showing Commodus as Hercules

The Emperor Commodus wished to be identified with the god Hercules. On these medallions, he is depicted as Hercules, with a lion-skin headdress (upper image). He is also shown ploughing a ritual furrow to re-found Rome in his own name (lower image). Commodus became unpopular and was assassinated in 192 CE. Copper alloy medallions from Rome, Italy, circa 192 CE. The upper coin is from the Edward Wigan Collection while the lower one is from the Cracherode Collection. (The British Museum, London).

About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, October 19). Medallions showing Commodus as Hercules. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/5928/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Medallions showing Commodus as Hercules." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 19, 2016. https://www.ancient.eu/image/5928/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Medallions showing Commodus as Hercules." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 19 Oct 2016. Web. 26 Feb 2020.

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