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Seleukid Kingdom, Alexander II Zabinas, 128 - 123 B.C.
Zabinas claimed to be an adoptive son of Antiochus VII, but may have been the son of an Egyptian merchant. He was used as a pawn by the Egyptian king Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon). Zabinas managed to defeat Demetrius II and thereafter ruled parts of Syria, but soon ran out of Egyptian support and was defeated by Demetrius' son Antiochus VIII Grypus. As a last resort, Zabinas plundered the temples of Antioch. He is said to have joked about melting down a statuette of the goddess of victory, Nike, which was held in the hand of a Zeus statue, saying "Zeus has given me Victory." Enraged by his impiety, the Antiochenes expelled Zabinas, who was captured and executed soon after. "Zabinas" is a derogatory name meaning "the bought one," implying he was Ptolemy's slave.
GB33583. Bronze AE 16, Spaer 2382 (or similar, date uncertain), uncleaned VF, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
4.114g, maximum diameter
15.6mm, die axis
, c. 129 - 126 B.C.; obverse
right, wearing myrtle wreath
BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, upside-down anchor
, date lower inner left; scarce
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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