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Live auction - bgr_779863 - CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole

CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole AU
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 24 January 2023 14:01:00
Type : Diobole
Date: c. 250-235 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 11 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 0,792 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan court, centré des deux côtés. Très beau portrait d’Athéna ainsi qu’un revers agréable. Patine grise

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Héraklès debout à gauche, enjambant et combattant le lion de Némée et brandissant sa massue de la main droite au-dessus de sa tête ; petite chouette sous le poitrail du lion.
Reverse legend : [TARAN].
Reverse translation : (des Tarentins).

Historical background


CALABRIA - Taranto

(272-235 BC)

Autonomy - first alliance with the Romans

Taranto, founded around 706 BC by the Parthénopéens was the only colony of Sparta. According to mythology, Taras was the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyra. He was saved in a shipwreck by a dolphin who placed near the future city and legend TAPAS designates the city. After the departure of Pyrrhus, Taranto submitted to Rome. Under the leadership of Consul Spurius Carvilius Maximus, Taranto became an allied city of Rome. After the defeat of 272 BC, it enjoyed a period of great prosperity that lasted until the Second Punic War (221-202 BC).

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