Roman Coin Showing Bellerophon Slaying the Chimaera
on the Object
On one side you can
see the emperor Antoninus Pius with the Greek inscription 'Imperator Caesar
Hadrianus Antoninus, L.E'. 'L' stands for 'year' and 'E' stands for '5'
and this enables us to date it very precisely to the fifth year of the
emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 141/2). On the other side you can see an image
from Greek mythology - the hero Bellerophon on horseback spearing the
chimaera. For more about this myth, and the use of ancient Greek imagery,
click on the 'History' button.