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410/7d coin of Pomponia with Erato muse of erotic poetry, with her attribute, a Flower, the Primavera of Stabiae picking Flowers, and Diana in blue with bow and arrow | by Ahala
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410/7d coin of Pomponia with Erato muse of erotic poetry, with her attribute, a Flower, the Primavera of Stabiae picking Flowers, and Diana in blue with bow and arrow

Primavera of Stabiae, the Spring of Stabiae, is one of the most refined and gentle paintings of the Vesuvian villas depicting a lady in a yellow dress casually picking flowers against a green background. Whilst the best known of the Stabiae frescos it's surprisingly small, a foot-square painting. She has her equally elegant sister beside her, Diana with bow and arrow against a blue background. These are a good match of the Greek Muses, on the coins of Quintus Pomponius Musa. Statues of the nine muses along with their leader Hercules Musagetes were brought from Ambracia in Greece by Marcus Fulvius Nobilor, Consul 189BC, who established the temple of Hercules and the Muses in the Circus Flaminius. Erato, the muse of erotic poetry, has a flower behind her head and on its reverse she is shown with a many stringed lyre, distinguishing this type from the otherwise similar Terpsichore.

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Taken on October 21, 2010