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The fertile plain of Thessaly, shut in on an sides by lofty mountain ranges, and watered by the river Peneius and its tributary streams, was believed to have once formed a vast lake, until, by the agency of the earth-shaking Poseidon, the rocks which confined the waters were rent asunder at the pass of Tempe, and an outlet thus made for the Peneius into the sea (Herod. vii. 129). Hence Poseidon was very generally revered in Thessaly as the creator of the national soil, as well as of the celebrated Thessalian horses which grazed in the rich alluvial plains with which the land abounded (Hom. Il. ii. 763).
As Poseidon ταυρεος (Preller, Gr. Myth., 4th ed., i. 570), games were held in his honor, in which the youth of Thessaly exhibited their skill in seizing wild bulls by the horns'praeterea Thessalos equites, qui feros tauros per spatia circi agunt insiliuntque defessos et ad terram cornibus detrahuntí (Suet., v. Claud., c. 21). These peculiarly national religious festivals were called ταυρεια (Preller, l. c., note 4) and ταυροκαθαφια, and their prevalence throughout the land is amply proved by the coins, on which we see a Thessalian athlete pulling down a raging bull, while on the reverse is usually a horse (accompanied sometimes by the Poseidonian trident), now quietly grazing, now bounding rapidly along with rein flying loose, or issuing from a rock and so symbolizing the springs of clear water called forth by the stroke of the trident of Poseidon, the cleaver of rocks (πετραιος, Preller, l. c., p. 572).'Primus ab aequorea percussis cuspide saxis Thessalicus sonipes bellis feralibus omen Exsiluití (Lucan, Phars. vi. 396).
Maonald (Coin Types, p. 98) has been the first to point out that the bull and matador, etc., on the obverses, and the horse or horseman on the reverses, of so many Thessalian coins, are types complementary to one another, and forming together a sort of picture of one of the national bullfights. It is indeed highly probable that the motif of older Thessalian
The Thessalians do not appear to have felt the want of a coinage of their own before the beginning of the fifth century B.C. It was then that Larissa and Pherae first found it necessary to issue money, and probably on the occasions of the celebration of the ταυρεια of Poseidon.
The weight-standard of the coins of Thessaly, from the earliest times down to the second century B.C., was the Aeginetic. This fact indicates that whatever commercial dealings may have taken place between Thessaly and the outside world beyond its mountain barriers, must have been in the direction of Phocis and Boeotia, where the Aeginetic standard prevailed, and not with Macedon in the north, or with the cities of Euboea, or with Athens.
Historically, the Thessalian coinage falls into three well-defined periods:ó
(i) B.C. 480, or earlier, to B.C. 344, from the Persian wars to the time of the subjection of the country by Philip of Macedon, when the autonomous issues of the Thessalian cities come to an abrupt termination, and are supplanted by the regal money of Macedon. The coins of this period may be subdivided by style into two classes, (α) B.C. 480-400, with the reverse type in an incuse square, and (β) B.C. 400-344, without the incuse square.
(ii) B.C. 302-286. New issue of silver coins in Thessaly, probably on the occasion of the expedition into Thessaly of Demetrius Poliorcetes, who then bestowed liberty upon several Thessalian cities. These silver issues lasted no long time, but it is probable that bronze money continued to be struck in Thessaly throughout the century of Macedonian rule.
(iii) B.C. 196-146. This period is marked by Federal coinages in the names of the Thessalians, the Magnetes, the Perrhaebians, the Aenianians, and the Oetaeans, which came into existence after the proclamation of the freedom of Greece by Flamininus, and lasted until Thessaly was incorporated with the Roman province of Macedonia, B.C. 146.
Geographically, Thessaly is divided into the following districts, Perrhaebia, Histiaeotis, Thessaliotis, Pelasgiotis, Magnesia, Phthiotis, Aeniania, and Oetaea.
|Head of Zeus.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 1.]
|ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ Warrior hurling javelin and holding his petasos, or a small shield, before him.|
AR Ĺ Dr. 43 grs.
|Head of Zeus.||ΑΙΝΙΑΝ Sword in sheath and javelin.|
The second series of Aenianian coins probably began after the dissolution of the Aetolian League, to which the Aenianes had been subject. These late coins were perhaps intended to pass as Attic didrachms, the obverse type being copied from the coins of Athens. They bear the name in the nominative case of one of the five Aeniarchs of the League (Collitz, Dialectinschr., 1431 b., 1432).
|Head of Athena; her helmet adorned with griffin and foreparts of horse (Fig. 171).||ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ Slinger adjusting his
sling; beside him, two javelins.
AR 120 (max.) grs.
|Head of Athena in Corinthian helmet.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 3.]
| " Slinger.
AR 38 (max.) grs.
|Head of Zeus.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 4.]
| " Warrior hurling javelin.
AR 36 grs.
The Aenianian bronze coins resemble in their types the silver of the late class. The slinger represented on the coins of this people is probably their mythical king, Phemius, concerning whom See Plutarch (Quaest. Gr. xiii), who relates that the stone with which he slew his adversary was revered as sacred by the Aenianes. See also Hypata, where the above coins were perhaps struck.
|Head of Nymph.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 7.]
|ΑΤΡΑΓΙΟΝ Free horse walking.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Bearded head (of Atrax ?).
[N. C., 1896, Pl. II. 6.]
|ΑΤΡΑ (retrograde) Cupping-glass and forceps.
|Similar. [Ibid., Pl. II. 7.]||ΑΤΡΑΓΙΩΝ Rushing bull.
|Head of Apollo.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 8.]
| " Horseman.
The types of this last coin are copied from the coins of Philip of Macedon.
|Head of Zeus, resembling in style that on the coins of Philip of Macedon. [Bompois, Ciťrium, Pl. I. 1. Photiades Sale Cat., Lot 51.]||ΚΙΕΡΙΕ... Youthful Asklepios or Apollo naked, seated before a tree round which a serpent twines.
|Id., or Head of Arne.|
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. II. 9, 10.]
|ΚΙΕΡΙΕΙΩΝ Nymph Arne kneeling on one knee and playing with astragali.|
|Horse feeding or galloping.
[Molthein Cat., 1194.]
|ΚΙΕ or ΚΙΕΡΙΕΙΩΝ Naked hero (Ajax?) fighting, armed with helmet, shield, and sword.|
|Head of Poseidon; behind, trident.||ΚΙ Head of Arne.|
The bronze coins of Cierium date from about the middle of the fourth century and later. Inscr., ΚΙΕΡ., ΚΙΕΡΙΕΩΝ or ΚΙΕΡΙΕΙΩΝ.
|Head of Poseidon or Zeus. [Bompois, Ciťrium, Pl. I. 5; cf. N. C., 1899, Pl., VII. 3.1||Arne playing with astragali.
|Id. [Ibid., I. 8.]||Horse galloping; beneath, Arne.
|Head of Apollo.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 2.]
|Zeus hurling fulmen; in field, Arne.
The figure of Arne casting lots with astragali has probably no special reference to a local oracle at Cierium. There are numerous purely artistic Thessalian coin-types which can only be accounted for as fanciful devices. If the seated divinity oil the reverse of the first of the above-described coins be indeed Asklepios, as is probable from the prevalence of Asklepian worship in Thessaly (cf. coins of Tricca and Atrax), it is perhaps the earliest representation of that god occurring on coins. See Bompois, Didrachme de Ciťrium, Paris, 1876.
Crannon (Pelasgiotis), the residence of the powerful family of the Scopadae, was situated near the source of the river Onchestus, which took its name from Onchestos the son of Poseidon. The coins of Crannon show that Poseidon received especial honors there, not of course as a sea-god, but as the father of springs and rivers. The horse and the bull, accompanied by the trident, taken in connexion with each other, refer to the ταυρεια or bull-fights held at the Poseidonian festivals. The curious type of some of the bronze coins, a hydria on wheels accompanied by two crows, is explained by Antigonus Carystius (Hist. Mirab., 15), who says that'the παρασημον or device of the city consisted of two crows seated on a chariot, and that when there occurred a great drought it was customary to agitate, σειειν, or drive about, the chariot whilst petitioning Zeus for rainí (see also Maonald, Coin Types, p. 65).
|Naked Thessalian subduing bull; in field, bird flying. [Overbeck, Kunstmyth.; Poseidon, Pl. VI. 25.]||ΚRΑ or ΚRΑΝΟ Incuse square. Horse of Poseidon, with trident behind neck, striking the ground with forefoot.
|Head of Poseidon, laureate.||Thessalian horseman.
|Bust of Thessalian in kausia.||Id.
|Thessalian horseman.||Rushing bull. Symbol: Trident.
|Id.||Hydria on car with two crows perched
on the wheels.
|Head of Zeus.||Id.
Demetrias (Magnesia), on the Pagasaean Gulf, was founded by Demetrius Poliorcetes, B.C. 290, and became the favorite residence of the Macedonian kings. See also Magnetes.
|Bust of Artemis.||ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΕΩΝ Prow.
AR 36.3grs.[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 1.]
|Head of Zeus laureate||ΕΚΚΑΡΡΕΩΝ Artemis standing to front, resting on spear. |
|Female head facing, crowned with grapes; type suggested by Kimon's head of Arethusa on coin of Syracuse. Cf. coins of Larissa, and, for reverse, coins of Rhizus and of Scotussa [N. C., 1896, Pl. VII. 3, 4].||ΕΥΡΕΑΙΩΝ Vine-branch with grapes and letter Λ.
|Head of young Dionysos.
[Rev. Num., 1843, Pl. X. 1.]
Symbols: krater and dolphin.
Gomphi=Philippopolis (Histiaeotis), at the foot of Mt. Pindus, on the road which led through the pass into Athamania. On the mountain above the town stood a temple of Zeus Akraios, whose statue is seen on
|Head of Hera (?) facing, wearing stephanos, ear-rings, and necklace, and with two fillets hanging down on either side. [N. C., 1891, Pl. IV. 8] Photiades Cat., Pl. I. 59.]||ΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ Zeus Akraios seated on rock (Mt. Pindus) and resting on sceptre; in field, fulmen.|
|Similar, or head of nymph with floating hair.||ΛΟΜΦ or ΓΟΜΕΩΝ Zeus enthroned
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 4]
|Head of Apollo.||Id. |
|Head of Zeus.||ΓΟΝΝΕΩΝ Ram [Z. f. 11., xiii. 10].
|Female head to r.||ΓΟΝΝΕ Lion standing. |
∆ .7[Rev. Num., 1877, Pl. XVI. 18.]
|Head of nymph facing.
|ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Horse feeding.
AR Ĺ Drachm.
|Young male head beside horseís head.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 3.]
|ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΟΝ or ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Head of goddess in profile.
|Young male head in crested helmet.
[BMC Thessaly, p. 203.]
|ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Head of goddess, r.,
|Head of Apollo, hair short, laureate||ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Female head to l.
|Head of Zeus.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 5, 6.]
The only silver coin known seems to be a modern cast from a bronze piece (Num. Zeit., 1901, 25). The bronze coins may be of two periods, B.C. 400-344 and B.C. 300-200. Some of these last bear the monogram ΑΧ of the Phthiotan Achaeans.
|Head of Zeus Laphystios, laureate, or wearing taenia; in front, sometimes, fulmen. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 1; N. C., 1899, Pl. VII. 1.]||ΑΛΕΩΝ Phrixos naked, or more rarely
Helle draped, holding on to the ram.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 7-9.]
|ΗΡΑΚ or ΗΡΑ Club. Symbols: ivy-leaves, crayfish, &c.
AR Obols, Ĺ Obols, and ľ Obols.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 10, 11.]
|Id., or club in wreath. |
See also Oetaei.
|Head of hero (Philoktetes?) in conical hat (pileus).
[N. C., 1899, Pl. VII. 2.]
|ΟΜΟΛΙΕΩΝ or ΟΜΟΛΙΚΟΝ Serpent coiled. |
The serpent may here symbolize the worship of Asklepios, or it may be connected with the myth of Philoktetes.
|Head of Zeus; behind, fulmen.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 11 a.]
|ΥΠΑΤΑΙΩΝ Athena Nikephoros standing with spear and shield.
∆ .85 and .55
Lamia (Phthiotis), near the head of the Malian Gulf, and the chief town of the people called the Malians. The coins usually read ΛΑΜΙΕΩΝ, more rarely ΜΑΛΙΕΩΝ.
|Head of young Dionysos, ivy-crowned.||ΛΑΜΙΕΩΝ Amphora.
AR Ĺ Dr. and Obol.
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 13; VII. 5.]||ΜΑΛΙΕΩΝ Id.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of nymph (Lamia, daughter of
Poseidon ?), hair rolled.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. III. 15.]
|ΛΑΜΙΕΩΝ Wounded Philoktetes
naked, seated on the ground supporting himself with one hand and raising
the other to the top of his hat;
|Id. [ Pl. IV. 3.]||ΛΑΜΙΕΩΝ Philoktetes (or Herakles ?)
on one knee shooting with bow and
arrow at birds.
|Head of Athena.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 6.]
|ΜΑΛΙΕΩΝ Similar, but Philoktetes in
standing posture. |
|Female head (nymph Lamia ?), bound with taenia and wearing ear-ring (Fig. 172).||ΛΑΜΙΕΩΝ Philoktetes or Herakles
naked, seated on rock, holds bow in
AR Dr., 86 grs.
Gardner (Num. Chron., 1878, 266) believed the head on this coin to be a portrait of Lamia, the famous hetaira who captivated and lived with Demetrius Poliorcetes. In her honor both Athens and Thebes erected temples, and the people of the town of Lamia, to flatter Demetrius, may have placed her head on their coins. Friedlaender considered the head in question to be that of Apollo (Zeit. f. Num., vii. 352), and cited a coin of Amphipolis on which a head, presumed by him to be a head of Apollo, wears ear-rings. (See supra, p. 215 note.)
Larissa (Pelasgiotis), on the right bank of the Peneius, was the most important town in Thessaly, and the residence of the Aleuadae, the noblest of all the aristocratic families of the land.
The rich series of the coins of Larissa begins at an earlier date than that of any other Thessalian town. The sandal of Jason on the oldest coins refers to the story of the loss of one of that heroís sandals in crossing the river Anaurus. The coins of the best period are of exquisite beauty. The head of the nymph is clearly that of the fountain Larissa, and was doubtless copied from the beautiful full-face head of Arethusa on contemporary tetradrachms of Syracuse. The coin with the head of Aleuas, with the name ΕΛΛΑ on the reverse, may belong to the time of the occupation of Larissa by Alexander of Pherae. The name, ΣΙΜΟΣ, is that of an Aleuad chief who appears to have been appointed tetrarch of one of the four divisions of Thessaly by Philip of Macedon, B.C. 353 (BMC Thessaly, p. xxv; but see Hill, Hist. Gk. Coins, pp. 93 ff.). On Philipís second invasion of Thessaly, B.C. 344, he put down the tetrarchs whom he had formerly set up, and Thessaly was brought into direct subjection to Macedon. From this time there is a break in the issue of silver money throughout Thessaly. All coins struck in the country now bore the name and types first of Philip and then of Alexander; and there is nothing to show that Larissa recovered her autonomy until the liberation of Greece by Flamininus in B.C. 197, when it became the place of mintage of the Federal coinage of Thessaly, concerning which see R. Weil, Z. f. N., i. 172 ff., and BMC Thessaly, pp. 1-6.
|Horse biting his foreleg; above, partridge, or cicada.
[Babelon, Traitť, Pl. XLIII. 1-3]
|Sandal of Jason, above which, sometimes, bipennis, in incuse square.
|Head of Jason in petasos.||ΛΑRΙ Sandal, sometimes with bipennis
above, in incuse square.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of nymph, or bullís head.||ΛΑ Sandal or horseís head, in incuse
square. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. IV. 6,
7; cf. Hunter, I. p. 451.] |
|Thessalian youth restraining bull, or forepart of bull.||Free horse, or forepart of horse in incuse square (Fig. 173).|
|Horseman or Horse.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IV. 10, 11.]
|Nymph Larissa, seated on chair or supporting on her knee a hydria which she has filled at a fountain, or seated on hydria and playing with ball, &c., in incuse square.|
Inscr., ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΑ, ΛΑΡΙΣΑ, &c.; Drachms, Trihemiobols, and Obols.
|Thessalian youth restraining bull.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IV. 12, 13; Pl. V. 1, 2, 4.]
|Incuse square. Free horse of Poseidon.
|Horseman. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. V. 5.]||Incuse square. Nymph Larissa on chair,
holding a mirror before her face.
|Horse. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. IV. 15; Pl. V. 6-8; N. C., 1902, Pl. XV. 7.]||Incuse square. Nymph in various attitudes, playing ball or fastening her sandal, &c.|
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. V. 9.]||Incuse square. Asklepios feeding serpent.|
|Horseís or bullís hoof on shield. [BMC Thessaly, 28, 46; N. C., 1900, Pl. XIII. 11.]||Incuse square. Larissa running and playing ball, or bust of Asklepios with serpent in front.|
Inscr., ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΑ, ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΩΝ, ΛΑΡΙΣΑ; Didrachms, Drachms, Ĺ Drachms, and Trihemiobols.
|Head of fountain nymph, Larissa, at first in profile, and later facing with flowing locks; a copy of Kimon's full-face head of Arethusa on a coin of Syracuse (p. 177) [Fig. 174, also N. C., 1895, Pl. V. 6].||Horse galloping, trotting, grazing, or held by man; or mare walking beside her foal. Sometimes with name ΣΙΜΟΣ, the Tetrarch of Larissa, B.C. 352-344.|
|ΑΛΕΥΑ Head of Aleuas in richly ornamented conical helmet.||Eagle on fulmen; in field, ΕΛΛΑ.
[ Pl. V. 12.]
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. V. 13.]
|Thessalian horseman galloping. |
The obv. and rev types of this last coin are complementary of one another, and, taken together, represent a Thessalian Bull-fight (Maonald, Coin Types, p. 99).
|Head of Larissa in profile.||Head of Asklepios and serpent.
|Id.||Feeding horse [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VI.
|Head of Larissa facing.||Id., or horseman.
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VI. 11, 12.]||Trotting horse. |
|Head of Apollo, laureate.||ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΩΝ Artemis huntress. |
|ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ Herakles naked, seated on rock.||ΛΑΡΙΣΑ Larissa standing draped, one
hand raised to her forehead. |
Larissa Cremaste (Phthiotis) stood on the slope of a steep hill (hence the surname κρεμαστη) about twenty miles west of the Malian Gulf. It was believed to have anciently formed part of the dominions of Achilles, whose head appears upon some of its coins. When Demetrius Poliorcetes, in B.C. 302, invaded Thessaly he took Pherae and Larissa Cremaste and
|Head of Achilles (?), r. or l., with loose hair. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 1.]||ΛΑΡΙ Thetis riding on hippocamp
bearing shield of Achilles inscribed
|Head of nymph. [Imhoof Coll.]||ΛΑΡΙ Perseus holding harpa and
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VI. 15; cf. N. C., 1893, 25.]||ΛΑΡΙ Harpa in wreath. |
On the types of these coins see Reinach in Corolla Num., p. 269.
|Head of Zeus. [Imhoof Coll.]||ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΩΝ Athena in fighting attitude; in field, monogram ΑΧ. |
|Head of Zeus crowned with oak.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 2, 3.]
|ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ Artemis with bow,
seated on prow; in field monograms
or Magnetarchís name, ΗΓΗΣΑΝΔΡΟΣ.
AR Attic Dr.
|Bust of Artemis.||ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ Prow. |
|Head of Zeus.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 4.]
|ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ Centaur holding branch.
|Head of Zeus or Artemis.|| Ą Prow.
|Head of Poseidon.|| Ą Id.
|Head of Apollo or Artemis|| Ą Artemis with torch.
|Bust of Artemis.|| Ą Poseidon standing.
|Head of Asklepios.|| Ą Asklepios seated with
serpent-staff; at his feet, dog, or feeding serpent from phiale. |
|ΜΑΓΝΗΤWΝΑΡΓW Ship Argo.||Centaur playing lyre.
|CΕΒΑCΤΟC Head of Nero.||ΜΑΓΝΗ[ΤΩΝ] Centaur. |
Among other types on Imperial coins are Aphrodite Neleia (ΑΦΡΟ. ΝΗΛΕΙΑ) and Zeus ΑΚΡΑΙΟC (Wace, J. H. S., xxvi. pp. 165 ff.).
As Iolcus was one of the towns included in the territory of Demetrias, the Argo is here an appropriate type.
Malienses, see Lamia.
Meliboea (Magnesia), on the sea-coast a few miles north of Mt. Pelion, mentioned by Homer as subject to Philoktetes (Il. ii. 717)
|Head of nymph facing crowned with
bunches of grapes.
[N. C., 1895, Pl. V. 7.]
|ΜΕΛΙΒΟΕ Vine-branch with two
bunches of grapes.
AR 18.2 grs.
|Head of nymph facing or in profile.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 4.]
|ΜΕΛΙ or ΜΕΛΙΒΟΕ One or two
bunches of grapes. |
|Head of Zeus r. laureate
[N. C., 1892, Pl. II. 11.]
|ΜΕΛΙΤΕ... Bull grazing r., in shallow incuse square
AR Dr. 93 grs.
|Head of young Dionysos (?). [Prokesch, Ined., 1854, Pl. I. 35.]||ΜΕ Lionís head.|
|Head of Zeus.
[Ibid., Pl. I. 30.]
|ΜΕΛΙ or ΜΕΛΙΤΑΙΕΩΝ Bee.
AR Diob., and ∆ .7
The Bee, μελιττα, contains an allusion to the name of the town.
|Forepart of springing horse.
[Babelon, Traitť, Pl. XLIII. 15.]
|Incuse square, placed diagonally.
ΜΕ ΘΥ Corn-grain with its husk.
AR Dr. 90 grs.
To this city may be also conjecturally attributed the following Ĺ drachm:ó
|Forepart of horse springing from rocks.
[N. C., 1890, Pl. XIX. 6.]
|//////ΕΘ///// Inc. sq., within which, head
of bearded Herakles in lion-skin.
AR Ĺ Dr. 46.6 grs.
The attribution of these two coins to Methydrium is, however, uncertain. They may both belong to another city called Methylium, only known from coins; or, as Wroth suggests (N. C., 1890, 317), the Ĺ Drachm, with the incomplete inscription, should probably be read [Φ]ΕΘ[Α] and be assigned to Pherae (q. v.).
|Young male head, r., with short hair. [Z. f. N., xxi. Pl. IV. 13.]||ΜΕΘΥΛΙΕΩΝ Horseman with couched
spear r.; symbol, Athena Promachos.
|Head of nymph, l.
[N. C., 1895, Pl. V. 8.]
|ΜΕΘΥΛΙΕΩΝ Nike, l. |
Metropolis (Histiaeotis), in the plain at the foot of one of the eastern offshoots of the Pindus range, near the borders of Histiaeotis and Thessaliotis. Aphrodite was here worshipped under the name Καστνιητις, and swine were sacrificed to her (Strab. ix. p. 437 f.)
|Head of Aphrodite facing; to l., bird(?);
to r., Nike crowning her.
|ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ[ΛΙΤΩΝ] Dionysos standing.
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 8.]||ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ Apollo Kitharoedos.|
|Bearded head facing.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 7.]
|ΜΗΤΡΟ Figure seated on rock under tree, holding thyrsos.|
|Head of Apollo.||ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ Forepart of bull.
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 6.]||ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ Aphrodite Kastniet is standing, holding dove, with
Eros beside her.
|Id.||ΜΗΤ Dove flying. |
|Head of Zeus facing; on r., fulmen.
[N. C., 1899, Pl. XII. 5.]
|ΜΟΨΕΙΩΝ or ΜΟΨΕΑ[T]ΩΝ The
Lapith Mopsos contending with Centaur. |
The reverse design resembles in several points one of the finest Parthenon Metopes in the British Museum (B. M. C., Sculp., I. p. 136, no. 310).
Oetaei. There is said to have been a city called Oeta near the mountain of the same name, the scene of the death of Herakles. The coins of the Oetaei may be compared with those of Heracleia Trachinia.
|Head of lion, spear in mouth. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 9.]||ΟΙΤΑΩΝ (retrograde) Herakles naked to
front, holding club transversely; his
head is wreathed.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 10.]||ΟΙΤΑ Bow and quiver.|
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. VII. 11.]||ΟΙΤΑΩΝ Spear and knife. |
On the liberation of Thessaly we hear of the κοινον των Οιταιεων, and the coinage begins again on the Attic standard.
|Lionís head, l.
[N. C., 1900, Pl. XIII. 12.]
|ΟΙΤΑΙΩΝ Herakles naked to front, holding club downwards and lion skin; head wreathed.
AR Diob. 119 grs.
|Head of Athena.
[N. C., 1890, 316.]
|ΟΡΘΙΕΙΩΝ Forepart of horse springing from rock, on which are trees;
the whole in wreath.
∆ .8 and .6
|Head of Athena.
[N. C., 1892, Pl. I. 14.]
|ΟΡΘΙ Trident, the whole in wreath.
|Head of Athena, facing.
[Annali dellí Inst., 1866, Monum., viii. Pl. XXXII. 5.]
|Horseman galloping or spearing prostrate foe.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VIII. 1-4.]
|ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑΙ, ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑ, &c. Warrior
with spear and shield in attitude of
combat, sometimes looking back as if
in retreat. |
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr., and smaller
coins, also ∆ .6
|Veiled female head.||ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑΩΝ or ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑΙΕΩΝ
∆ .8-.55[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VIII. 5, 6.]
|Thessalian horseman. [B. M.]||ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑΙΩ[Ν] Veiled woman standing, holding casket, which she is
|Id. [Photiades Cat., 135.]||ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑΕΩ[Ν] Woman seated, opening casket. |
Perrhaebi. These people were descendants of the original occupants of Thessaly, and in historical times inhabited the region between Mt. Olympus and the river Peneius. Their chief town was probably the Homeric OloŲsson near Tempe.
Inscr., ΠΕ or ΠΕΡΑ on reverse; Silver. Drachms, Ĺ Drachms, Trihemiobols, and Obols.
|Thessalian restraining bull or forepart of bull.||Galloping horse or forepart of horse in
AR Dr. and Ĺ Dr.
|Horseman.||Athena (?) or Thetis seated, holding helmet in incuse square.|
|Horse galloping.||Athena running with spear and shield in incuse square.|
|Forepart of bull.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VIII. 7-11.]
|Horseís head in incuse square.|
|Head of Athena. [Fox, i. Pl. VII. 70.]||ΠΕ Forepart of horse.|
|Head of Zeus. [B. C. H., V. 295.]||ΠΕΡΡΑΙΒΩΝ Hera seated.
AR 57 grs.
|Id.|| Ą Id.
|Head of Hera veiled, facing.|| Ą Zeus naked, standing
to front, holding fulmen and resting
|Beardless male head r.
[B. C. H., V. 296.]
|ΠΕΡΡΑΙΒΩΝ Female head r., in incuse square. |
|Head of Zeus, r., laureate
[Zeit. f. Num., xvi. 91; xvii. 235.]
|ΠΕΤΘΑΛΩΝ (retrograde) Forepart of horse springing from rock, l.
|Id. [B. M.]||Inscr. not retrograde Same type but to
r., and beneath horse, trident. |
For other coins attributed to the Petthali see Imhoof, Rev. Suisse, Tom. XIV.
Peumata. (Phthiotis ?). See U. KŲhler, Zeit. f. Num., xii. p. 110.
|Head of nymph bound with oak-wreath.
[Zeit. f. Num., xii. p. 111.]
|ΠΕΥΜΑΤΙΩΝ written round the large
monogram of the Achaeans ΑΧ in
field, helmet. |
If the silver coins assigned by Gardner to the Phthiotan Achaeans belong in reality to the early Achaean League (N. C., 1902, 324); there would seem to be no cogent reason why Peumata should be assigned to Phthiotis. It is noticeable that the symbol, a helmet, is present also on the silver coins. (See Achaean League, infra.)
|Head of nymph crowned with corn.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 7.]
|Young male head with short hair.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VIII. 12-14.]
|ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ Bridled horse.
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr., and Trihemiobol.
|Hekate holding two torches seated on
lion, r.; beneath ΠΟ.
[Ashburnham Cat., 101.]
|ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ Hunter with flying chlamys, wielding javelin, running,
r., with hound beside him.
AR 1Ĺ Obol., 24 grs.
|Young male head.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. VIII. 15, 16.]
|ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ Head of Nymph
Phalanna; hair in bag.
|Helmeted head. [Imhoof Coll.]||ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ Horse.
|....ΟΡΙΣ Head of Zeus (?), r.
[Leake, Num Hell., p. 88.]
|ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑ Nymph Phalanna seated,
with left hand extended towards a stork.
|Head of Apollo laureate
[Brit. Mus.; cf. Z. f. N., xvii. 236.]
|ΦΑΛΡΙΑΣΤΩΝ Apollo (or Artemis?), seated on a rock, holding in r.
arrow, and in l. a long branch of bay.
|Head of Athena facing. [Hunter, I, Pl. XXX. 10; see N. C., 1890, p. 187, node.]||ΦΑΛΩΡ Wolf running.
|Youth restraining forepart of bull.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IX. 1.]
|ΦΑΡΚΑΔΟ Forepart of horse in incuse
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Free horse walking. [Pl. IX. 2.]||ΦΑΡΚΑΔΟΝΙΟΝ Athena standing.|
|Bullís head. [Berlin.]||ΦΑR Horseís head. Symbol: trident.|
|Id. [Paris.]||ΦΑ Ram.|
|Head of nymph l.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IX. 4a.]
|ΦΑΡΚΑΔ (retrograde) Horseman.
|Horse feeding. [Ibid., Pl. IX. 5.]||ΦΑΡΚΑΔΟΝΙΩΝ Crescent and star.
Pharsalus (Thessaliotis), on the left bank of the Enipeus, about twenty-five miles south of Larissa, one of the most important cities of Thessaly, and famous as the scene of the great victory of Caesar over Pompey. Pharsalus began to strike money about the time of the Persian wars, and continued to do so, perhaps without intermission, down to the reign of Philip of Macedon.
|Head of Athena of archaic style.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IX. 6-8.]
|ΦΑR or ΦΑΡ Horseís head in incuse
AR Ĺ Dr. and Obol.
|Head of Athena of fine style in closefitting crested helmet (Fig. 175).
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. IX. 9-12.]
|ΦΑΡΣ or ΦΑΡ Horseman holding over
shoulder, or brandishing weapon; or,
on Ĺ Dr., Horseís head.
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr., &c. and ∆ .7
During the period of finest art the silver coins frequently bear abbreviated names of magistrates, ΤΗ, ΙΠ, ΤΕΛΕΑΝΤΟ (retrograde), etc.
|Head of Athena facing, in triple crested
helmet, between spear and shield.
[BMC Thessaly, p. 45.]
|ΦΑΡΣΑ or ΦΑΡΣΑΛΙΩΝ Horseman
brandishing weapon; behind him,
sometimes, a foot soldier carrying a
second weapon over his shoulder, and
in front an enemy facing him on foot.
|Thessalian subduing bull.
[B. M. C. Thes., Pl. X. 1, 2.]
|ΕRΑΙ, ΕΑΙΟN Horse with loose rein, a lionís head fountain pouring a jet of water across his back; all in incuse square. |
|Similar, but forepart of bull.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 3.]
|ΕRΑ Forepart of horse springing from rock in incuse square. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Similar, beneath, ΧΑΡ (?).
[N. C., 1891, Pl. IV. 6.]
|ΕR Naked Rider on forepart of horse, in incuse square. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head and neck of bull clasped by bullfighter. [Brit. Mus.]||ΕRΑ &c. Horseís head in incuse square.|
The following archaic coins, with a few others of Methydrium (?), Larissa, and Scotussa (Babelon, Traitť, Pl. XLIII. 7, 15, 21-4, 26-8), form together a distinct group, differentiated from other Thessalian coins by the transposition of the incuse square, which is placed diagonally in relation to the types. It is somewhat doubtful whether the coins of this group, reading Ε, with the addition of another syllable ΘΑ, ΤΑ, etc. (see Babelon, Traitť, p. 1030), are rightly assigned to Pherae.
|Forepart of horse springing from rock; or horseís head.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 4-7.]
|Ε, Ε ΘΑ, or Ε ΤΑ, Corn-grain with its husk, in deep incuse square. |
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr., and Obol.
|Horseís head. [Ibid., Pl. X. 8.]||Ε ΘΑ Club in incuse square.|
|Forepart of horse springing from rock.
[Photiades Cat., 162.]
|ΦΕ ΘΑ between the prongs of an ornamented trident, in incuse square.
|Head of nymph Hyperia, crowned with reeds, r.; behind, lionís head spouting water. [Photiades Cat., 165.]||ΦΕΡΑΙΟΥΝ Hekate with two torches riding on galloping horse. In field, wreath containing name ΑΣΤΟΜΕΔΟΝ. |
|Head of Hekate, l.; behind, torch.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 15.]
|ΦΕΡΑΙΟΥΝ Nymph Hypereia standing, placing her hand on lionís head fountain, beneath witch, wreath inscribed
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Hekate to r., in myrtle (?)
wreath; in front, torch.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 9.]
|ΦΕΡΑΙΟΝ Lionís head fountain; below, fish. |
|Lionís head. [Ibid., Pl. X. 10.]||ΦΕΡΑΙΟΝ Hekate with torches riding
on horse. |
|Head of Hekate facing, her r. hand
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 16. ∆.]
|ΦΕΡΑΙΩΝ Hekate holding torch, riding
on galloping horse; to l., lionís head
AR Ĺ Dr. (B. M.) ∆ .85
No coins are known with the name of the famous Jason of Pherae, but of the tyrant Alexander, who obtained the supreme power soon after Jasonís death, we possess valuable numismatic records.
|Head of Hekate, facing, her r. hand
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 11.]
|ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ or ΑΛΕΞΑΝΑΡΕΙΟΣ Armed horseman prancing;
beneath, and on horseís flank, a
bipennis (Fig. 176).
|Head of Hekate in profile; in front,
her hand holding torch.
[Ibid., Pl. X. 12.]
|ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Lionís head.
|Head of Artemis Ennodia r. laureate
[Ibid., Pl. X. 13.]
|ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ or ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΑ
Lionís head [BMC Thessaly, Pl. X.
|Young male head in petasos.
[N. C., 1894, Pl. IV. 9.]
|ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΟΝ Leg and foot of
|Wheel. [B. M.]||ΑΛΕ Bipennis.|
With regard to the various forms of the inscr. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΟΣ, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΑ, and ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΟΝ, see Maonald, Coin Types, p. 127. In these instances the denominations of the coins are probably to be understood, e.g. στατηρ, δραχημ, ημιδραχμον or τριοβολον, etc.
|Young male head, in petasos. [B. M.]||ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Leg and foot of horse.
|Forepart of rushing bull.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. X. 14.]
| Ą Forepart of horse.
The cultus of Artemis Ennodia was connected with that of Hekate. Under this name she was worshipped as the goddess of the wayside or the cross-roads (Regling, Journ. Int., 1905, 175). The bipennis as an adjunct on the reverse reminds us of the special worship paid by Alexander of Pherae to the Dionysos of Pagasae, who was surnamed Πελεκυς, from the sacrificial axe used in sacrificing to him. Cf. Simonides (apud Athen. 10, 84), who calls the axe Διωνυσοιο ανακτος βουφονον θεραποντα. See the Schol. on Hom. Il. xxiv. 428 Θεοπομπος φησιν Αλεξανδρον Φεραιον Διονυσον τον εν Παγασαις ος εκαλειτο Πελεκυς ευσεβειν διαφορως. The double-axe also occurs as an adjunct symbol on early coins of Larissa (p. 298 supra).
This tyrant was one of the brothers of Thebe, the wife of Alexander, who usurped the tyranny after Alexanderís assassination.
|Forepart of rushing bull.
[Rev. Num., 1853, Pl. XIV. 10.]
|ΤΕΙΣΙΦΟΝΟΥ Forepart of horse.
|Female head facing. [B. M. and Imhoof Coll.]||ΠΡΩΕΡΝΙΩΝ Demeter standing, holding ears of corn (?) and torch (?) |
|Head of Zeus laureate, resembling in style
the coins of Philip of Macedon.
[N. C., 1896, Pl. VII. 4.]
|ΡΙΖΟΥΣ Vine-branch with grapes and
letter Λ: almost identical with coin of
|Head of Artemis r.
[N. C., 1900, Pl. I. 7.]
|ΡΙΖΟΥΣ between the ten rays of a star.
|Id. [B. M.]||ΡΙΖΟΥΣΩ[Ν] Similar. |
|Forepart of horse.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 1.]
|ΣΚΟ Grain of corn with husk, in deep
diagonally placed incuse square.
AR Dr. and Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Herakles bearded.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 2.]
|ΣΚΟ Forepart of horse feeding.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of young Herakles laureate, with lion-skin round neck.||ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙΩΝ Demeter (?) standing to front, resting on torch (?)
AR 1Ĺ Obol.
|Head of young Herakles.||ΣΚΟ Forepart of horse feeding.
|Head of young Herakles.
[N. C., 1902, Pl. XV. 8.]
|ΣΚΟ Vine-branch with grapes.
|Female head to front, with flowing
locks, as on coins of Larissa.
|ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙΩΝ Vine-branch with
grapes; cf. coins of the same type,
at Eurea and Rhizus. |
In B.C. 367 Scotussa was treacherously seized by Alexander of Pherae, and ceased for some time to strike coins.
|Female head (Artemis ?) facing.
[N. C., 1890, Pl. XIX. 7.]
|ΣΚΟ[ΤΟΥΣΣΑΙΩΝ] Poseidon seated
on rock with trident and dolphin.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of bearded Herakles.||ΣΚΟΤΟΥ[Σ]ΣΑΙΩΝ Club [BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 8].
|Head of Ares (?) in close-fitting helmet with feather.||ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙΩΝ Horse prancing
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XXXI. 9].
|Head of Demeter, crowned with corn
and, usually, veiled.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 3.]
|ΘΗΒΑΙΩΝ and (on AE) monogram ΑΧ.
Protesilaos leaping ashore from prow
AR Ĺ Dr., and ∆ .85 and .55
|Similar. [B. M.]||ΘΗΒΑΙΩΝ Free horse walking r.,
beneath ΑΧ. |
Πρωτεσιλα το τεον δí ανδρων Αχαιον
εν Φυλακα τεμενος ουμβαλλομαι.
For other varieties see Zeit. f. N., i. p. 175.
Tricca (Histiaeotis) was named after the fountain-nymph Trikka, a daughter of the river-god Peneios, on the left bank of whose stream the city stood. The town is mentioned by Homer as subject to Podaleirios and Machaon, sons of Asklepios, who led the Triccaeans in the Trojan war. At Tricca was the most ancient and illustrious of all the temples of Asklepios in Greece, and to this sacred place the sick had recourse from all parts (Strab. viii. 374; ix. 437).
|Thessalian subduing bull or forepart
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 7, 12.]
|ΤΡΙΚΚΑ, ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΟΝ, later ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΩΝ Incuse square containing
forepart of horse.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Horseman. [B. M.]||ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΟ Nymph Trikka seated, holding phiale and mirror.|
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 8, 10, 11.]
|ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΟΝ Nymph playing ball, or
leaning on column and extending
hand towards swan, or opening cista,
or sacrificing at altar.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 9.]
|ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΟΝ Athena running.|
|Head of Nymph Trikka.||ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΩΝ Warrior Podaleirios or
|Id. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 13.]||ΤΡΙΚΚΑΙΩΝ Asklepios seated, feeding
serpent with bird, or resting on
crooked staff. |
The Magnetes at the same time began to issue silver and bronze at their capital Demetrias, as did also the Perrhaebi at Oloosson. All these coinages came to an end in B.C. 146, when Thessaly was incorporated in the Roman province of Macedon.
|Head of Zeus crowned with oak. Behind, sometimes, the name of the Strategos of the League in the genitive case. (Among the names of Strategi whose dates are known are Androsthenes, B.C. 187, and Nicocrates, B.C. 182.)||ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ The Thessalian Athena Itonia (Paus. x. 1. 10) in fighting attitude, usually accompanied by the names of two magistrates, of which one is often in the genitive (Fig. 177).|
|Head of Apollo with name of the Strategos.||ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ Demeter with torch in each hand.|
|Head of Apollo with name or monogram of the Strategos.||ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ Athena Itonia and
magistrateís name [BMC Thessaly,
Pl. I. 3]
AR Attic Dr.
|Head of Athena Itonia.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. I. 4, 6.]
AR Attic Dr.
|Head of Zeus in oak-wreath.
[BMC Thessaly, Pl. I. 5.]
|Athena Itonia and
magistrateís name. |
AR Attic Ĺ Dr.
The bronze coins resemble the Drachms, having on the obverse a head of Apollo or Athena, and on the reverse Athena fighting, or a horse (R. Weil, Zeit. f. N., i. 177 sqq.). There are, however, a few exceptional types among which the following may be mentioned:ó
|Head of Zeus.
[N. C., 1898, Pl. XIX. 1.]
|ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ and magistrateís name
....ΤΡ..... ΕΥΒΙΟΤΟΥ Centaur
with bullís tail galloping and seizing
by the bridle a rearing horse.
|Head of Artemis with quiver at shoulder.
[Ibid., Pl. XIX. 2.]
|[ΘΕΣΣΑ] ΛΩΝ ΝΙΚΟΚΡΑΤΗ[Σ]
ΕΥΒΙΟΤΟΥ Demeter running with
two torches. |
Caesar, after the battle of Pharsalia, conferred liberty once more on the Thessalians, and henceforth Thessaly, even after its incorporation in the Roman province of Achaia, B.C. 27, was treated as a separate κοινον, headed by a strategos, and with a concilium which met at Larissa. The Imperial coins from Augustus to Hadrian bear the name of the strategos, and in the reign of Augustus usually the inscr ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗΩΝ SΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ. From M. Aurelius to Gallienus the coins read ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΘΕCCΑΛΩΝ, the name of the strategos being omitted, and marks of value usually added, Γ, or Δ (= 3 or 4 assaria) (BMC Thessaly, pp. 6-9). Among the types may be mentionedóHead of Achilles, with inscr. ΑΧΙΛΛΕΥC (see Th. Reinach, in Corolla Num., pp. 266 fr.), Apollo Kitharoedos, Athena Itonia, Nike, Asklepios, etc.
|Head of Poseidon, laureate||ΙΚΙΩΝ Trident and dolphins. [Imhoof,
Mon. gr., p. 134] |
Peparethus (Scopelos), an island lying off the coast of the Thessalian Magnesia, widely known for its excellent wine (Pliny, H. N. xiv. 7. 76), was said to have been colonized by Staphylos, son of Dionysos and Ariadne. There were three towns in the island, Peparethus, Selinus, and Panormus, with probably a single mint at Peparethus. Wroth (J. H. S., 1907, 90 sqq.) has proved that, circ. B.C. 500 to 480, Peparethus struck the tetradrachms of EuboÔc weight, some of which were formerly attributed by me to Cyrene. The types are as follows, and their variety suggests trade relations with other cities, chiefly perhaps in Chalcidice and Cos, where some of them have been found.
|Large bunch of grapes.
[J. H. S., 1907, Pl. IV. 1.]
|Running winged figure (Agon ?) in
AR 261 grs.
|Id. [N. C., 1891, Pl. I. 3]||Head of bearded Herakles in incuse
AR 265 grs.
|Large bunch of grapes between two small bunches.
[J. H. S., 1907, Pl. IV. 5.]
AR 256 grs.
|Id. [Ibid., Pl. IV. 4, 6.]||Crested Corinthian helmet in incuse square.
AR 253.4 grs.
|Id. [Rev. Suisse, XIV. Pl. VI. 18.]||Id.
AR Didr. 125 grs.
|Id. With dolphins swimming round grapes. [J. H. S., 1907, Pl. IV. 7.]||Four ivy-leaves in cruciform pattern with in center, in incuse square.
AR 273 grs.
|Id. [Ibid., Pl. IV. 8.]||Dolphin-rider in incuse square.
AR 259 grs.
|ΠΕ Bunch of grapes.
[Ibid., Pl. IV. 2.]
|Dionysos or Staphylos seated l., holding
kantharos and thyrsos in incuse square.
∆ (plated with AR) 220.3 grs.
During the greater part of the fifth century B.C. Peparethus seems to have been subordinate to Athens, and no coins were issued in the island; but the following bronze pieces show that in the fourth century B.C. Dionysos was still the chief divinity of the Peparethians.
|Head of young or bearded Dionysos in ivy-wreath. [BMC Thessaly, Pl. XI. 14, 15.]||ΠΕ, ΠΕΠΑ, etc., Kantharos wreathed
|Similar. [Ibid., Pl. XI. 16.]||ΠΕΠΑ Thyrsos and cross-piece of torch,
|Head of Athena. [B. M.]||ΠΕΠΑ Bunch of grapes. |
Svoronos (Journ. int. d'arch. num., I. p. 86) also gives to Peparethus the uncertain coins, Obv. Young male head in ivy-wreath, Rev. ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΟΣ Amphora, assigned by Imhoof (Mon. gr., 65) to Apollonia Mygdoniae (see supra, p. 204). With these he would also class the coins, Obv. Head of Apollo laureate, Rev. ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΟΣΙΑΤΡΟΥ Apollo standing with branch and bow, attributed by Pick, Jahrb. arch. Inst., xiii. 169, to Apollonia Pontica.
|Bust of young Dionysos.||ΠΕΠΑΡΗΘΙWΝ Palm branch in
|Athena Itonia armed.||ΠΕΠΑ... Owl. |