Spintria
(246 words)

[German version]

(Latin 'male prostitute', Tac. Ann. 6,1; Suet. Tib. 43). Modern term for bronze or brass coin-like tesserae , probably dating to the reign of the emperor Tiberius (AD 14-37) [2. 55-57], with 15 different representation of acts of copulation or fellation on one side and, for the most part, a number I-XVI on the other, with the numbers  II, IIII and VIII sometimes preceded by an A [1. 389 f.; 3. 20-25; 4]. The number may be an indication of the value in asses ( As ), and this may also explain the A. The number XVI would then correspond to a denarius [1. 391; 2. 53]. Singleton ex…

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Stumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Spintria”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1119430>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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