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August 30, 2012

To an undeserving businessman who dropped a purse of gold, and lost it:

“This is destiny; the riches of this world are like a prostitute: she is in your house today, but tomorrow she makes a contract with someone else!”

Apa Shenoute, the Archimandrite (348 – 466 AD)[1]


The images represent a solidus c. 430-440, Constantinople, Byzantine Empire, in the reign of Theodosius II (408-450). The obverse of this solidus depicts Theodosius wearing a helmet, a shield and a lance. On the reverse sits Constantinopolis, the personification of Constantinople (Coin kept at Money Museum, Zurich).

[1] Besa: The Life of Shenoute. Introduction, translation and notes by David N. Bell (Kalamazoo, Michigan, Cistercian Publications, 1983), p. 57.

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