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20 Vestiges of Imperial Portraiture Portraiture, at least in official art, had all but vanished by the sixth century. By then it was no longer fashionable to show the realistic effigy of a ruler. Still, we find lingering traces of the old Roman portrait style in the occasional artist's rendering. Anastasius I, AD 491-518 AE 20 nummia Constantinople mint Justinian If AD 527-565 AE 20 nummia Rome mint Phocas, AD 602-610 AE 5 nummia Catania mint Leontius, AD 695-698 AE 40 nummia Constantinople mint 21 The Antithesis of Portraiture The ssence of spiritualism is that all things physical hinder the cosmic connection.

Oman, C. D. 578: a Reattribution", Num ismatic Chronicle, 1 942, pp. 1 04-5,. ijMlIj,I·� '"O m Tlb CONSTANT PP AVI Tiberius II Constantine rose through the military and was el­ evated to the rank of Caesar in AD 574. He was crowned co-emperor in AD 578 just nine days before the death of Justin II and succeeded his benefactor without opposition. It was rumored that Sophia had designs of marrying the young Tiberius, but he was wed secretly to an unassuming matron from Daph­ Tiberius II Constantine nudium, and arranged to have her AD 578-582, AE 40 nummi brought to Constantinople upon his Cyzicus mint accession.

His younger son, Herado­ nas (by his second wife, and niece, Martina) was named co-emperor in AD 638. One of the most interesting Heraclius & Martina, episodes of his reign involved the AR 1/2 siliqua (x2) loss and subsequent recovery of the True Cross. In 614, the Per­ MINTS sians captured Jerusalem, burning the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Catania Seleucia Isauriae Rome and carrying off the Cross to Cte­ Isaura Ravenna Jerusalem siphon. In a series of Campaigns, Cherson Alexandria Heraclius finally crushed the Constantinople Carthage Persians and recovered the Cross, Thessalonica restoring it to Jerusalem.

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