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The Troad or Troas is the historical name of the Biga Yarimadasi peninsula in the northwestern Turkey. Bounded by the Dardanelles to the northwest, by the Aegean Sea to the west and separated from the rest of Anatolia by the massif that forms Mount Ida, the Troad is drained by two main rivers, the Scamander (Karamenderes) and the Simois, which join near the ruins of Troy. The Kingdom of Pergamum ceded the territory to the Roman Republic.

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Alexandreia Troas, Troas

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Hercules is depicted in the same pose as the Farnese Hercules, a massive marble sculpture, which depicts a muscular yet weary Hercules leaning on his club, which has his lion-skin draped over it. He has just performed the last of The Twelve Labors, which is suggested by the apples of the Hesperides he holds behind his back. The Farnese Hercules is probably an enlarged copy made in the early third century A.D., signed by Glykon, from an original by Lysippos that would have been made in the fourth century B.C. The copy was made for the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (dedicated in 216 AD), where it was recovered in 1546. Today it is in Naples National Archaeological Museum. The statue was well liked by the Romans, and copies have been found in many Roman palaces and gymnasiums.
RP72147. Brass AE 24, Apparently unpublished, perhaps unique; Bellinger Troy -, BMC Troas -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG München -, SNG Tübingen -, SNG Turkey -, Lindgren -, VF, well centered and struck, grainy surfaces, weight 7.816 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 45o, Alexandria Troas (Eski Stambul, Turkey) mint, 13 Mar 222 - Mar 235 A.D.; obverse M AV S AL-EXANDRV, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse COL AL AVG - TROAD, Hercules standing right, nude, right hand behind back presumably holding apples of the Hesperides, leaning with left hand on his club, which has the Nemean Lion's skin draped over it; the only example known to Forum; $250.00 (€220.00)

Neandreia, Troas, c. 410 - 370 B.C.

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Neandreia, Troas was located about 9 km east of Alexandria Troas. In 310 B.C., Antigonus I Monophthalmus founded Antigonia Troas (renamed Alexandria Troas by Lysimachos in 301 B.C.) and moved the citizens of nearby cities, including Neandreia to his new city. In the 1st century A.D., Pliny the Elder listed Neandreia among the settlements in the Troad which no longer existed.
GA71831. Silver obol, SNG Cop 446; SNGvA 7628; SNG München 293; SNG Kayhan 77; SNG Ashmolean 1170; Klein 318; BMC Troas p. 73, 2 var (ram left), VF, toned, slightly grainy, weight 0.638 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 0o, Neandreia mint, c. 410 - 370 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse NEA-N, ram standing right on ground line, within incuse square; rare; $140.00 (€123.20)

Sigeion, Troas, c. 355 - 334 B.C.

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Sigeion was an ancient Greek city in the north-west of the Troad region of Anatolia located at the mouth of the Scamander (the modern Karamenderes River). The name 'Sigeion' means "silent place." In Classical Antiquity, the name was assumed to be antiphrastic, i.e. indicating a characteristic of the place contrary to reality, since the seas in this region are known for their fierce storms.
GB71986. Bronze AE 19, BMC Troas p. 86, 2 ff.; SNG München 308; SNG Cop 495; SNGvA 7638, VF, well centered, green patina, weight 6.129 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Sigeion mint, c. 355 - 334 B.C.; obverse head of Athena facing, turned slightly right, wearing triple-crested helmet; reverse ΣIΓE, owl standing to right, head facing, crescent horns right behind; $140.00 (€123.20)

Alexandreia Troas, Troas, 3rd Century A.D.

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Alexandria Troas (modern Eski Stambul) is on the Aegean Sea near the northern tip of the west coast of Anatolia, a little south of Tenedos (modern Bozcaada). The city was founded by Antigonus around 310 B.C. with the name Antigoneia and was populated with the inhabitants of Cebren, Colone, Hamaxitus, Neandria, and Scepsis. About 301 B.C., Lysimachus improved the city and re-named it Alexandreia. Among the few structure ruins remaining today are a bath, an odeon, a theater and gymnasium complex and a stadium. The circuit of the old walls can still be traced.
GB90128. Bronze AE 20, SNG München 62; cf. SNG Cop 114; SNG Canakkale 536; SNGvA 7553; Bellinger Troy A490; BMC Troas p. 15, 53 ff. (obv legend variations), VF, weight 4.084 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria Troas (Eski Stambul, Turkey) mint, 3rd century A.D.; obverse CO-L TROAD, turreted and draped bust of Tyche of Alexandria Troas right, vexillum behind; reverse CO AVG TRO, eagle flying right, bull forepart right its talons; $130.00 (€114.40)

Assos, Troas, c. 400 - 241 B.C.

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Assos was a harbor city on the Gulf of Adramytteion, just north of the island of Lesbos. Hermias, a student of Plato, ruled Assos for a time during the 4th century B.C. He invited Plato's most famous student, Aristotle, who lived and taught in Assos for more than three years. When the Persians took the city, they executed Hermias and Aristotle fled to Lesbos. After visiting Alexandria Troas, Paul walked to Assos and visited the Christians there (Acts 20:13).
GB71817. Bronze AE 12, BMC Troas p. 38, 18; SNG Cop 237 - 240 var (different control symbols); SNGvA 7587 - 7589 var (same), VF, nice green patina, weight 1.502 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 90o, Assos mint, c. 400 - 241 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena left; reverse AΣΣI, griffin reclining left, stalk of grain left (control symbol) in exergue; $120.00 (€105.60)




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