Antiquitatum Romanorum, Libri Quatuor
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[Leiden]: Apud Petrum Vander Aa
Heinrich Kipping’s Antiquitatum Romanorum contains another example of what might be termed a ‘double frontispiece’. A portrait of German theologian, antiquarian, and author, Kipping (1623-78), sits on the left. A more elaborate frontispiece, on the right, represents the subject of the book: all things Roman. It is full of imagery associated with the Empire: the eagle (Aquila) – for the Roman military; the initials SPQR – for Senatus Populusque Romanus (the Senate and the People of Rome); under the right wing of the eagle sits a fasces – a bundle of rods with a protruding axe head, symbolising the power and jurisdiction of a magistrate; the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Circus Maximus; and Romulus and Remus suckling from the she-wolf.
[Heinrich Kipping], “Antiquitatum Romanorum, Libri Quatuor,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed September 26, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10686.