Details of Genius personified

The Latin word Genius means spirit. Genius is normally shown as a naked male holding a patera (dish) and a cornucopia. Other common attributes include corn-ears and a sceptre. Genius most commonly appears on coins of the 3rd and early 4th century, especially of Diocletian and his colleagues (AD 295-c.318).

He is commonly represented as Genius Populi Romani (‘The Spirit of the Roman People’), Genius Augusti (‘The Spirit of the Emperor’), Genius Exercitus (‘The Spirit of the Army’) who holds a military standard and Genius Senatus (‘The Spirit of the Senate’) who is bearded and wears a toga.

Attributes

  • naked male
  • patera
  • cornucopia

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