Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ancient Roman Sprintiae

‘A spintria (plural, spintriae ) is a Romantoken, possibly for use in brothels, usually depicting sexual acts or symbols.
‘They may have been used to pay prostitutes, who at times spoke a different language. While this is subject to argument, the numbers on them line up with known prices for Roman prostitutes.
There were usually struck from brass or bronze, and were little smaller than a U.S. quarter. The represented erotic plot was suitable for the provided services. “

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