Dodrans

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This article is about the ancient coin. For the metrical unit, see Aeolic verse.

The dodrans was an Ancient Roman bronze coin produced during the Roman Republic.

The dodrans, valued at three-fourth of an as (9 unciae), was produced only twice:

  • in 126 BC by C. Cassius in combination with the bes, another very rare denomination which was valued at two-thirds of an as.
  • in the 2nd century BC by M. Caecilius Metellus Q. f. in combination with a denarius and others Æ coins: Semis, Triens, Quadrans. Metellus may be Marcus Caecilius Metellus, consul 115 BC.

The Latin word literally means nine-twelfths, and can refer to a time span of forty-five minutes or a length of nine inches. It has also been used to refer to the metrical pattern ¯˘˘¯˘¯, which constitutes the last three-quarters of the glyconic line. Also called the choriambo-cretic, the pattern is common in Aeolic verse.

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