Description:This Roman Republic silver denarius coin was minted in Rome by moneyer Pub. Crepusius in 82 BC. The head of Apollo is depicted on the obverse side, his hair is bound with tainia and a scepter is over his shoulder. The reverse side shows a Roman warrior galloping on horseback while brandishing a spear. The silver denarius coin was introduced in 211 BC. It became the principal denomination in the Roman world until the middle of the third century AD and one denarius was around two days' pay for a Legionnaire.
In ancient mythology, Apollo was seen as the most beautiful god. He was the patron god of archers, the god of light, truth and prophecy; music, poetry, and the arts. Medicine and healing were also associated with Apollo, and he was seen as a god who had the ability to cure. The Roman worship of Apollo was adopted from the Greeks, and during a period of pestilence in the 430s BC, Apollo's first temple in Rome was built at the Flaminian fields.
Over the centuries, Apollo became one of the chief Gods of Rome and Caesar Augustus considered himself to be under the special protection of Apollo and was even said to be his son. After the battle of Actium in 31 BC, Augustus erected a new temple to Apollo, dedicated a portion of the spoils to him and instituted annual games in his honor.