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E-auction 353-266649 - CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole

CALABRIA - TARAS Diobole XF/VF
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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 105 €
Maximum bid : 127 €
End of the sale : 20 January 2020 14:04:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Diobole
Date: c. 380-325 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente,Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12,5 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 1,13 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, bien centré au droit. Très belle tête casquée d’Athéna à droite. Frappe molle au revers. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna (Minerve) à droite, coiffée du casque attique à cimier orné d’un skylla (monstre marin).

Reverse


Reverse description : Héraklès (Hercule) agenouillé à droite, étranglant le lion de Némée.
Reverse legend : [TAR/ D].

Commentary


Sur cet exemplaire, au revers,la musculature d’Héraklès est bien détaillée. Cette émission est bien ciblée avec la lettre entre les jambes d’Héraklès.

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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