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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Nero| > RX22971
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt|, Ptolemy Soter wanted to integrate the Hellenistic and Egyptian religions by finding a deity that could win the reverence of both groups. The Greeks would not accept an animal-headed figure, so a Greek-style anthromorphic statue was chosen as the idol, and proclaimed as the equivalent of the highly popular Apis. It was named Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, and was said to be Osiris in full, rather than just his Ka (life force). Ptolemy's efforts were successful - in time Serapis was held by the Egyptians in the highest reverence above all other deities, and he was adored in Athens and other Greek cities.
RX22971. Billon tetradrachm, Kampmann 14.84, Geissen 170, Dattari 253, Milne 226, BMC Alexandria 157, RPC I 5281, Emmett 133 (R1), VF, Alexandria mint, weight 12.335g, maximum diameter 26.3mm, die axis 0o, 29 Aug 64 - 28 Aug 65 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, radiate head right; reverse AYTOKPA, draped bust of Serapis right, wearing polos, LIA (year 11) right; SOLD











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