Patience is a virtue. Quite literally.

Back in the day of ancient Roman times, Patience was Patientia, the personification of endurance, patience, the ability to weather storms.

Patientia appeared seated on an old Roman coin of Hadrian’s, a denarius to be precise. She didn’t appear on many, as she wasn’t very popular with the folk back then, wasn’t Patientia, and her name was quickly replaced by Indulgentia.

Indulgentia, I must add, doesn’t appear to be a virtue, but she appears to have been well used on a lot of coins featuring different Roman Emperors. I  was guided by Patientia to find the two images above on- line – at first I couldn’t find a single one. They’re not very clear, but Patientia’s name can just be made out.

Needless to say, with a little patience my search brought me the result I was looking for.

Patientia is also a minor planet within our Solar System. An asteroid to be precise, which measures approximately 180 miles in diameter. It can be found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, where it orbits the Sun. Patientia is one of the larger asteroids in the belt.

Patientia, the asteroid, was discovered on December 4th 1899 by Auguste Honoré Charlois, a French astronomer who discovered a further 98 asteroids in his lifetime.

On the Patientia coins above, around the right-hand side, is the inscription AVGVSTI; or Augusta, the female equivalent to the male Augustus, or Emperor. Meaning, basically, Empress, it was also used for other female members of the royal Roman households back in the day, and for the odd female deity or two.

And, temporarily it seems, the Augusta title was also awarded to Patientia.

To me, it stands to reason that the Patientia asteroid should be discovered by someone called Auguste. But then again, I’m always looking for links, especially where history is concerned. It may just be one of those strange coincidences over time, but I like the link.

And all discovered whilst looking for patience.

A deity. An asteroid. And a virtue.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

13 Comments

  1. VERY interesting Tom! 🙂

    It’s amazing how things develop links when we least expect it! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. I think so, Prenin. It’s strange how things start to appear once you delve beneath the surface.

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  2. TL strikes again…I wonder if after 365 days of patience, you will end up on a coin as well? Now that would be interesting. Just to let others in on what we are talking about, here is the link I shared with TL the other day and his discovery of patience. My word by the way is inspirational. I so want to leave this world having been inspirational to others…. VK 🙂
    http://oneword365.com

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    1. Thanks, VK. And for mentioning the link also… I was going to add a post in a few days about this latest venture!
      I hope I don’t end up on a coin though. Although, the idea has just triggered something in my mind. Hmmm…
      And by the way, you’ve written many an inspirational post over on your blog, VK, so I’m sure, no, I know, you’ll do very well as well!

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  3. Seek and you shall find? Sound familiar?
    I had no idea about the Roman coins. You post the long buried (in many forms) and make my day more interesting. 😀

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    1. It does indeed, Tess.
      I like to post different things; I’m pleased you’re interested.

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      1. I learn new things everyday. Keeps me awake. 😛

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  4. I’m impressed with how well you wrapped your brain around this Tom. Excellent!

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    1. Thanks, LA. It was a bit of a twisty one, wasn’t it?

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  5. What a fascinating coincidence! Very cool!

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    1. I think so, Diane. It’s amazing what you can find!

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  6. WOW! well I am so pleased you looked for patience and I learnt a lot from reading this.. Thank you Tom. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome, Sue. I’ve learnt a lot from this as well!

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