ROMAN COIN PENDANT
FEATURING CHRISTIAN ROMAN EMPEROR ARCADIUS
14K YELLOW GOLD
- 408 A.D.
With it's dark rich patina to highlight the
crisp detailed classic Roman profile, this
beautiful ancient Roman coin makes for a pleasing centerpiece in this gold
pendant. Struck under the rule of the emperor, Arcadius, it dates
from the time when the Roman Empire was first split into two autonomous
halves. This would soon lead to the end of the Classic Roman Empire as we know it
and usher in another 1000 years of the Eastern Roman Byzantine Empire.
You can even see traces of Eastern influence in the art style that
would later evolve into Byzantine style.
In the year 395 A.D. when
Arcadius was made emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire upon the death of
his father, Theodosius I, The Roman Empire was permanently divided into
East and West . Theodosius' other son, Honorius was given the
Western Roman Empire to rule. There had been both an eastern and a
western emperor since the time of Diocletian, but the empire had always
been ruled as if it had been one empire with two halves. After 395,
each half took on the character of a separate empire, with the western
empire retaining the Latin language and European culture and traditions
while the inhabitants of the eastern empire spoke Greek and adopted a
culture combining Greek, Middle Eastern, and North African elements.
Even the organization of the Christian Church took on a different
character as you went from west to east in the late ancient world.
Arcadius was married to an
intelligent and powerful woman, Eudoxia, who
wielded much influence in the politics of the empire and the Church.
In an age of increasing violence and chaos, Arcadius died at the palace of
Constantinople from illness on May 1, A.D. 408. His son Theodosius II
succeeded him on the throne.
Overall diameter is 15 mm.
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