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Musa : From Concubine to Black Widow Queen Here's a fascinating coin I saw in a recent Heritage auction: http://coins.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=3026&lotNo=23254&lotIdNo=33083 On the reverse of the coin is Musa, the concubine given to King Phraates IV by Augustus as part of the peace treaty with the Parthians. Terms of the peace included the return of the Roman legionary standards lost to the Parthians by Crassus at Carrhae (in 53 BCE) and by Marc Antony's General Saxa (in 40 BCE). The concubine Musa was soon elevated to Phraates' queen. By 2 BCE she poisoned her husband the king and elevated their son Phraataces to succeed his father. Musa possibly married her son (according to Josephus), but she would have most probably exerted great influence over the Parthian court. The coin suggests that they she co-ruled with her son. In AD 4, however, Musa and her son were deposed and she fled to Syria. guy also known as gaius
guy posted a topic in NumismaticaThe Changing Popularity and Reputations of Roman Emperors in Ancient Rome Today, the Emperor Claudius is thought to be one of the better, more effective emperors. He certainly is now held in higher esteem than the psychopaths Caligula and Commodus. Perhaps, however, this viewpoint was not always shared in Ancient Rome. Here is an article about an interesting collection of coins by Trajan Decius (ruled AD 249-251) commemorating his most worthy predecessors. This article makes me reconsider the various emperors