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Virtus Probi: Payments for the battle cavalry during the rule of Probus (Ad 277–278)

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The series Virtus Probi issued in Lyon to commemorate the personal actions of Probus in the Rhine area reflects the fact that Probus acted during these years not so much as a commander of the central Empire but equally as an emperor of the Gallic region. This chapter demonstrates the way in which Probus, from Lyon, wanted to identify himself with Gallia, even though he was a central emperor. It shows that Equites was not a legend applied to the whole body of the cavalry in the monetary series of the third century. The chapter clarifies why Probus decided to strike the 5th monetary series of P. Bastien in Lyon in the years 277-278. Finally, it concludes that Probus inherited from Aurelian a battle cavalry based in Lyon.

Keywords: battle cavalry; central Empire; Probus; Virtus Probi



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