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Homer

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 Homerium.

Kolophon, Ionia, c. 190 - 30 B.C.

|Colophon|, |Kolophon,| |Ionia,| |c.| |190| |-| |30| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.
GB97290. Bronze AE 18, SNG Cop 184; SNG Munchen 556; Milne Colophon 178; BMC Ionia p. 41, 42; SNGvA 2017 var. (magistrate), aVF, green patina, some corrosion, light earthen deposits, weight 5.484 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, magistrate Apollas, c. 50 B.C.; obverse Homer seated left in himation, right hand raised to chin (the thinker pose!), scroll in his left hand resting on his knees, AΠOΛΛAΣ (magistrate) downward on left; reverse Apollo standing right, phiale in right hand, kithara in left hand, KOΛOΦΩNIΩN downward on left; $90.00 (€82.80)
 


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.

|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||Homerium|
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.
SH66268. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna 324; BMC Ionia, p. 245, 91; SGCV II 4572, VF, weight 7.921 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse Homer seated left in himation, right hand to chin (thinker pose), volume on knees in left hand, transverse staff between legs and on far side, IMYPNAIΩN downward on right, HPAKΛEI∆HΣ (magistrate's name) downward on left and monogram outer left; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.

|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||Homerium|
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.
SH66578. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna 300; SNG Cop 1127 ff. var. (magistrates); SNG Tüb 3175 ff. var. (same); BMC Ionia, p. 244, 79 ff. var. (same), VF, green patina, flan adjustment marks, weight 8.091 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse Homer seated left in himation, right hand to chin (thinker pose), volume on knees in left hand, transverse staff between legs and on far side, ΣMYPNAIΩN downward on right, magistrate's name ∆IO∆POΣ / ΦANAΓOPOΣ (magistrates names) on left; SOLD







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