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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Troas| > GA96770
Assos, Troas, c. 480 - 450 B.C.
|Troas|, |Assos,| |Troas,| |c.| |480| |-| |450| |B.C.|, Assos was a harbor city on the Gulf of Adramytteion, just north of the island of Lesbos. Hermias, a student of Plato, ruled Assos for a time during the 4th century B.C. He invited Plato's most famous student, Aristotle, who lived and taught in Assos for more than three years. When the Persians took the city, they executed Hermias and Aristotle fled to Lesbos. After visiting Alexandria Troas, Paul walked to Assos and visited the Christians there (Acts 20:13).

An astragalos was a gaming piece, made from the knuckle-bone of a sheep or goat, used in antiquity for divination and games in a manner similar to dice.
GA96770. Silver tetartemorion, Klein 475 (Teos), SNG Kayhan -, BMC Ionia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, Balcer -, VF, dark toning, porosity, edge split, Assos (Behramkale, Turkey) mint, weight 0.175g, maximum diameter 6.6mm, 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse griffin right; reverse astragalos within incuse square; rare; $90.00











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