Saturday, February 28, 2004


A rare coin find has forced historians to backpedal on the existence of a rogue Roman 'emperor', Domitianus:
[The coin] bears the face of Emperor Domitianus and is only the second coin ever found which bears the image of the self-proclaimed ruler of Britain and France in 271AD.

A similar coin was found in France 100 years ago but until now its uniqueness had meant both Emperor Domitianus and the coin were dismissed as a hoax.

Historians say the British discovery confirms the French find is genuine and Domitianus existed.

They believe he was an upstart from the Roman legion who was ousted for treason for daring to declare himself emperor and have the coins made.

And sometimes historians are wrong.

[Link via LRC]

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