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bga_303136 - MASSALIA - MARSEILLE Bronze au taureau (hémiobole ?), à la palme

MASSALIA - MARSEILLE Bronze au taureau (hémiobole ?), à la palme AU/AU
250.00 €(Approx. 277.50$ | 227.50£)
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Type : Bronze au taureau (hémiobole ?), à la palme
Date: c. 130-121 AC.
Mint name / Town : Marseille (13)
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 14,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 2,81 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Bronze avec une belle frappe centrée des deux côtés et des reliefs mis en valeurs par une patine sombre et brillante, mais altérée par de petites concrétions / oxydations
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d'Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs.


Reverse description : Taureau cornupète chargeant à droite, une palme à l’exergue.
Reverse legend : MASSA.


L’épigraphie MASSA est particulièrement nette et belle au-dessus du taureau, et la palme bien nette à l’exergue ; ce motif correspond à la série 47/2 du MONETA (avec 18 exemplaires recensés).

Historical background


(Ve - first century BC)

Marseille, the "Massalia" Greeks, founded by the Phoenicians in 600 J. C-. Is born from the desire to promote Greek trading posts in order to compete with the Carthaginians and Etruscans for dominance of the western Mediterranean. Marseille is absolutely not a Celtic or Gallic creation and belongs to the Greek world. Between the fifth and the first century BC, Marseille and its hinterland experiencing unprecedented development. The rise of Rome from the first Punic War (268-241 before J. C-. ) And the strategic choice of Marseille, who plays Rome against Carthage, will return in the second half of the third century BC, Massalia a leading role in international trade in the western Mediterranean. The second century BC marked the decline of Marseille. Privileged ally of the Romans, Marseille, thanks to them, succeeded in imposing its authority in Marseille hinterland. The Romans, stopping the Cimbri and Teutons, saved southern Gaul invasions. From 118 before J. C-. The situation changes and becomes a Roman province Provincia. Marseille merchants compete with Roman traders in Spain, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Nevertheless, they remain allies of the Romans until the first century BC. This is the beginning of the civil war between Caesar Pompey before 49 J. C-. which will be fatal to the city. Marseille was not able to choose between the two protagonists. Caesar besieged and took the city may suffer as its means of communication between Gaul and Italy can be cut. Fleet of Marseille was too important for it to fall into the hands of his mortal enemy, Pompey. Conquered the city was still not sacked and remained an important port at the beginning of Roman rule. Greek remained, it was never really assimilated to Roman Gaul and kept a sort of independent status, mixed cosmopolitanism where all religions crossed all peoples for the benefit of the Marseilles Trade.

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