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Live auction - bgr_629460 - CILICIA - TARSUS Unité

CILICIA - TARSUS Unité XF
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Starting price : 120 €
Estimate : 200 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 26 January 2021 14:31:39
Type : Unité
Date: c. 164-49 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,14 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée au revers. Joli portrait. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête tourelée de Tyché à droite ; grènetis circulaire.

Reverse


Reverse description : Autel de Sandan de forme pyramidale avec Sandan debout de face sur un lion ; le tout posé sur un base quadrangulaire surmonté d’un aigle posé sur un apex.
Reverse legend : TARSEWN/ ER.

Commentary


Poids léger.

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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