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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Other Sicily| > GB81623
Thermae Himerenses, Sicily, c. 407 - 370 B.C.
In 409 B.C., the Carthaginians under the command of Hannibal, conquered Himera, crucified three hundred of its leading men and obliterated the town. The site has been desolate ever since. The few surviving Greeks were settled by the Carthaginians eleven kilometers west of Himera at Thermae Himeraeae (Termini Imerese today). Thermae was the birthplace of Agathocles.

Herakles was named in honor of his stepmother Hera, but she was his enemy. She even tried to prevent his birth by tying his mother's legs in knots and to kill him as an infant with two serpents. After Hera drove him mad, Hercules slew his own six sons. She made almost all of Herakles' twelve labors more difficult. Hera later befriended Herakles for saving her from Porphyrion, a giant who tried to rape her. She even gave her daughter Hebe to him as his bride.
GB81623. Bronze AE 17, Calciati I p. 119, 13; BMC Sicily p. 83, 3; SNG ANS 190; SNG Cop -, gVF, irregular flan (normal for the type), Thermai Himeraiai (Termini Imerese, Sicily, Italy) mint, weight 3.408g, maximum diameter 17.0mm, die axis 225o, c. 407 - 370 B.C.; obverse head of Hera right wearing stephane; reverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion's head headdress; SOLD











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