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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Aeolis| > GB82613
Elaia, Aeolis, c. 340 - 275 B.C.
|Aeolis|, |Elaia,| |Aeolis,| |c.| |340| |-| |275| |B.C.|, Herodotus describes the following story relevant to the olive wreath. Xerxes was interrogating some Arcadians after the Battle of Thermopylae. Asked why there were so few Greek men defending the Thermopylae, they answered, "All other men are participating in the Olympic Games." And when asked "What is the prize for the winner?", "An olive-wreath" came the answer. Then Tigranes, one of his generals uttered a most noble saying: "Good heavens! Mardonius, what kind of men are these against whom you have brought us to fight? Men who do not compete for possessions, but for honor."
GB82613. Bronze AE 11, SGCV II 4203, SNGvA 1607, BMC Troas p. 125, 5; SNG Cop 171, gVF, Elaia (near Zeytindag, Turkey) mint, weight 1.387g, maximum diameter 11.2mm, die axis 270o, c. 340 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left in Corinthian helmet; reverse E − Λ either side of grain kernel, the whole within olive wreath; SOLD











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