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Thermus, Minu'cius

8. Minucius Thermus, a man of praetorian rank, was sacrificed by Nero in A. D. 66, to the hatred of Tigellinus. (Tac. Ann. 16.20.)

The following coin of the Minucia gens has on the obverse a woman's head, and on the reverse two men fighting over a third who has fallen. The legend, which is partly effaced in the specimen figured below, is Q. THERM. M. F. The subject of the reverse evidently refers to the preservation of the life of a Roman citizen in battle; and hence it has been conjectured with some probability that this coin may have been struck by the son of M. Thermus [No. 4], in order to commemorate the youthful exploit of Caesar, who saved the life of a Roman citizen while fighting under Thermus.

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