Salus

Today, August 5, marks a public sacrifice to the Roman goddess Salus at her temple on the Quirinal Hill. Salus is the goddess of the safety, health, and prosperity of the individual and, indeed, of all people. She is regarded as a daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine, and is sometimes equated with his daughter Hygieia, goddess of cleanliness and healthy lifestyle. Her temple was dedicated on this date in 302 BCE.

When newly minted, this denarius would have contained about .1 Troy ounce of silver. Experts reckon that to be about a day’s pay for a worker at minimum wage.

 

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