Roman Republic, Q. Pomponius Musa - Euterpe

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Euterpe was called the “Giver of delight”, when later poets assigned roles to each of the Muses, she was the muse of lyric poetry. In late Classical times she was named muse of lyric poetry and depicted holding a flute. A few say she invented the aulos or double-flute, though most mythographers credit Marsyas with its invention. The river god Strymon impregnated Euterpe; her son Rhesus led a band of Thracians and was killed by Diomedes at Troy, according to Homer’s Iliad.

Q. Pomponius Musa AR Denarius. Rome, 66 BC. Laureate bust of Apollo right; two crossed flutes behind / Euterpe, the Muse of Lyric Poetry, standing right, supporting chin with arm resting on column to right, and holding two tibiae (a form of flute); Q•POMPONI behind; MVSA before.
Crawford 410/5; Sydenham 815. 3.91g, 19mm, 9h.


Good Very Fine.