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Live auction - bgr_880346 - CILICIA - TARSUS Statère

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Estimate : 980 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:26:18
Type : Statère
Date: c. 410-385 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cilicie, Tarse
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 9,81 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Jolie représentation du droit. Revers agréable. Fine usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Satrape sur un cheval à gauche ; une abeille dans le champ à droite.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Hoplite portant un casque corinthien, agenouillé à droite, tenant une lance et un bouclier.

Historical background


(4th century BC)

Mythologically, Tarsus was founded by Argives who was leaving for Egypt in search of Io. The city is historically very old and was part of the Hittite and Assyrian empires before coming under Persian rule. The city fell into the hands of Alexander the Great on the eve of the Battle of Issos in 333 BC. The city then became part of the Seleucid Empire, but was sometimes disputed by the Lagides. During the Hellenistic period, it became an important metropolis and a philosophical center renowned for its Stoics. Tigranes, king of Armenia, seized the city and ravaged it. It was then temporarily occupied by the Parthians and Labienus who threatened the province of Asia. Marc Antony met Cleopatra in Tarsus and followed her to Egypt. Saint Paul was born in Tarsus in 8 in a Hellenized Jewish family.

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