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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Smyrna| > RP81503
Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.
|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |2nd| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|, Zeus had the title Akraios ("of the peak"), among others, at his shrine on Mt. Laphystion, in Boeotia, his mythical birthplace. Noble Thessalian youth went annually to worship Zeus Akraios dressed in ramskins, at his shrine on Mt. Pelion, in southeastern Thessaly. The remains of a temple appropriate for Zeus Akraios have been found near ancient Smyrna, on a height directly over the gulf (though by no means mountainous). It would have been an east facing temple, visible from afar, with ten Corinthian columns on its short side and perhaps twenty three on its longer side, with dimensions comparable to the Olympieion in Athens. The modern city of Izmir covers most traces of this temple and the other temples of ancient Smyrna.
RP81503. Bronze AE 19, BMC Ionia p. 258, 191 (same dies); SNG Cop 1291 (same dies); SNGvA 2187; Weber -, Choice VF, full circle centering, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, weight 3.132g, maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 0o, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.; obverse ZEVC AKPAIOC (Z reversed), head of Zeus Akraios ("of the peak" or "on the heights") right; reverse CMVPN-A,IΩN (last three letters in exergue), prow of a war galley right, with acrostolium and ram; SOLD











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