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Live auction - bgr_479570 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 350 €
Price : 225 €
Maximum bid : 280 €
End of the sale : 10 April 2018 14:02:00
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Litra
Date: c. 405-395 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Syracuse
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 0,74 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Très belle tête d’Aréthuse au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à gauche, les cheveux relevés et retenus par un sphendoné ; derrière un petit dauphin ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : SURAKOSIWN.
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Poulpe.


Poids léger. Très beau bute d’Aréthuse d’époque classique.

Historical background


(405-367 BC)

Dionysius the Elder (405-367 avant J.-C.)

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse had to face on his land the dreaded Athenian expedition from 415 BC Nicias and Alcibiades. After the first recall, the Athenian fleet was sunk in the harbor of Syracuse and the Athenians were defeated on Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in stone quarries (latomie). In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinus and Himera and Agrigento in 405 BC Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drives the invaders in 397 J .-C. reign of Dionysius lasted another thirty years and is Timoleon who succeeded him.

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