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  • Description

    Dish; silver; with stamped laurel wreath and inscription in the centre; around the circumference another inscription and stamp.

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    • 317
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 178 millimetres (approx)
    • Weight: 304.6 grammes
  • Inscriptions

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        SIC X SICXX
      • Inscription Translation

        "As ten, so twenty"
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        NA ISS
      • Inscription Comment

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      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        "Licinius Augustus, may you always be victorious"
  • Curator's comments

    Published: J.P.C. Kent and K.S. Painter (eds.), Wealth of the Late Roman World (exh. cat.), London, 1977, no 10; D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no. 1; A. Demandt and J. Engemann (eds), Konstantin der Grosse (Mainz, 2007), CD Rom no. I.7.14.

  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 1 bibliographic details
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  • Exhibition history


    2012-2013 Oct- Mar, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Constantine 313 A.D.
    2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Constantine the Great
    1996 30 Mar-13 Nov, Italy, Rimini, Sala dell’Arengo, Dalla Terra Alle Genti

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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COMPASS Title: Largitio dish of the Emperor Licinius

COMPASS Title: Largitio dish of the Emperor Licinius

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