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Philippus, Ma'rcius

8. Q. MARCIUS PHILIPPUS, proconsul in Asia, in B. C. 54, to whom Cicero sends two recommendatory letters (ad Fam. 13.73, 74). The connection of this Philippus with the other members of the family is not known.

One of the coins belonging to the Philippi has been given above. The following one, which was also struck by some member of the family, refers to the two greatest distinctions of the Marcia gens. The obverse represents the head of Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome, from whom the gens claimed descent [MARCIA GENS]; the reverse gives a representation of an aqueduct, with the letters AQVA MR (i. e. Aqua Marcia) between the arches, supporting an equestrian statue. This Aqua Marcia was one of the most important of the Roman aqueducts, and was built by the praetor Q. Marcius Rex in B. C. 145.

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