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Smyrna, Ionia, c. 145 - 125 B.C.
Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins, this very type, Homerium.
GB78000. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna
183a; SNG Cop
1140; BMC Ionia
, p. 245, 93; SNGvA
2167; SNG Tub
3175, aF, corrosion, Smyrna (Izmir
, Turkey) mint, weight
9.208g, maximum diameter
19.1mm, die axis
, c. 145 - 125 B.C.; obverse
ΣMYPNAIΩN, Homer seated left in himation
, right hand raised to chin, left holding volume on his knees, uncertain magistrate's name downward on left, Π outer left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
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