From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins

Denarius of P. Satrienus

Capitoline Wolf




The statue of the Capitoline Wolf is instantly familiar to many as a symbol of ancient Rome. The statue is a depiction of the foundation myth of Rome, in which the infant twins Remus and Romulus were found at the banks of the Tiber by a she-wolf who suckled the twins; Romulus would later found the city of Rome in 509 BCE. Although the twins were known to have been added to the statue centuries later, recent analysis shows the wolf itself to have been created between one and two millennia after this date. There seems to have been a statue of the she-wolf in antiquity, but this is not the original statue.