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E-auction 433-344986 - bgr_681549 - CILICIA - TARSUS Unité

CILICIA - TARSUS Unité VF/XF
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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 42 €
Maximum bid : 43 €
End of the sale : 02 August 2021 14:01:00
bidders : 12 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 164-27 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,57 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Zeus assis à gauche tenant une Nike et un sceptre long.
Obverse legend : TARSEWN.
Obverse translation : (de Tarse).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Massue dans une couronne.

Historical background


CILICIE - TARSUS

(Second-first 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 passing under Persian rule. The city fell into the hands of Alexander the Great on the eve of the Battle of Issus in 333 BC The city then became part of the Seleucid empire, but he was sometimes disputed by the Ptolemies. In the Hellenistic period, it became a major metropolis and a renowned center for his Stoic philosophy. Tigranes, king of Armenia, seized the city and ravaged. It was then temporarily occupied by the Parthians and Labienus threatening the province of Asia. Antony met Cleopatra at Tarsus and followed in Egypt. St. Paul was born in Tarsus of 8 in a Hellenized Jewish family.

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