Adventus (ceremony)
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Adventus Ceremony
O: draped and cuirassed bust with radiate crown of Trajan Decius


R: Trajan Decius riding horse, raising hand and holding scepter


silver antoninianus struck in Rome 250 AD; ref.: RIC 11b; RSC 4

This coin was struck to the occasion of emperor's return (adventus) to Rome.

The adventus was a ceremony in ancient Rome, in which an emperor was formally welcomed into a city either during a progress or after a military campaign, often (but not always) Rome. The term is also used to refer to artistic depictions (usually in relief sculpture, including coins) of such ceremonies.[1] Its 'opposite' is the profectio.[2]

For comparable ceremonies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, sometimes employing consciously 'Roman' iconology, see Royal entry.


  1. ^ Sabine MacCormack (1974). Adventus and Consecratio: Studies in Roman Imperial Art and Panegyric from the Late Third to the Sixth Century. University of Oxford.
  2. ^ Björn C. Ewald; Carlos F. Noreña (2 December 2010). The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation, and Ritual. Cambridge University Press. pp. 40-. ISBN 978-0-521-51953-3.

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