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bgr_525725 - CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole

CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole XF
195.00 €(Approx. 210.60$ | 163.80£)
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Type : Diobole
Date: c. 380-325 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,28 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête inhabituelle d’Athéna. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Jolie patine de collection ancienne

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à gauche, coiffée du casque attique à cimier.

Reverse


Reverse description : Héraklès debout à gauche, étranglant le lion de Némée ; lettre entre les jambes.
Reverse legend : S.

Commentary


Pour cette série, la représentation d’Athéna à gauche est inhabituelle et rare, seulement deux exemplaires dans l’ouvrage de Ravel sur la collection Vlasto (V. 1236-1237). C’est la première fois que nous présentons un exemplaire à la vente.

Historical background


CALABRIA - Taranto

(380-345 BC)

Architas strategist (380-360 avant J.-C.)

From 380 BC, for Taranto found themselves in the hands of Archytas of Tarentum (460-360 BC), a Pythagorean philosopher, friend of Plato, mathematician, astronomer, politician and general who was placed seven times at the head of his city. It gives the inventor of the screw, pulley, rattle and kite. Horace dedicated an ode to him. The Panhellenic Foundation Thurium in 443 BC gave rise to a conflict that was against Taranto in Athens for more than thirty years. The two rival cities had finally found Heraclea, however Tarentine under influence. Tarentines eventually impose on cities Metaponto and Siris. Archytas in the first half of the fourth century BC, became the strategist italiote confederation whose capital was Heraclea and which included, in addition to Taranto, Metaponto and Thurii, Crotone, Velia and Naples. This period Tarentine hegemony ended with the death of Archytas and was the starting point for interventions general mercenaries as Archidamus of Sparta, Alexander the Molossian or Pyrrhus of Epirus.

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