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Topical Collection - Architecture: Aqueducts

L. Marcus Philippus, AR Denarius, 56 BC, Rome
Diademed head of Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind
PHILIPPVS / A | Q | V | A | MAR (ligate)
Equestrian statue right, on an arcade of five arches, flower before horse
18mm x 19mm, 3.75g
Marcia 28; BMC 3890; Sydenham 919a

Note: The Marcia gens claimed decent from Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome, who is said to have been the first to bring water to Rome be means of an aqueduct. The equestrian statue is of Q. Marcius Rex, who was commissioned by the Senate to repair old aqueducts and build one which would give a supply to the Capitol, while he was praetor in 144 BC. This aqueduct is known as the Aqua Marcia.