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Vessels and Cups on Ancient Coins
Vessels and cups depicted on coins were often those used in religious ceremonies, but also those used in daily life. The amphora, used to store olive-oil and wine, is often depicted on coins, especially from cities that were big wine producers.
|is believed to be the Biblical city Shepham (Num. xxxiv. 11). It was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator, who renamed it from Pharmake to , after his Bactrian wife, Apama. The Seleukids' breeding and training camp was at . The pretender, Diodotus Tryphon, made Apameia the basis of his operations. At a strategic crossroad on the road to , was an important trade center in Roman and flourished to the extent that its population eventually numbered half a million. The city boasted one of the largest theaters in the Roman world, and a monumental colonnade. The ruins of , with an enormous and highly ornamental acropolis, are about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, .|