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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Epirus| > GB79836
Ambrakia, Epirus, Greece, Late 2nd Century B.C.
During the struggle of the Aetolians against Rome, Ambracia stood a stubborn siege, including the first known use of poison gas against the Romans' siege tunnels. Ambracia was captured and plundered by Marcus Fulvius Nobilior in 189 B.C., after which it was declared by Rome a "free city" and gradually fell into insignificance. The foundation by Augustus of Nicopolis, into which the remaining inhabitants were drafted, left the site desolate. In Byzantine times a new settlement took its place under the name of Arta. Some fragmentary walls of large, well-dressed blocks near this latter town indicate the early prosperity of Ambracia.
GB79836. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 30; BMC Thessaly p. 95, 16, VF, Ambrakia (Arta, Greece) mint, weight 7.058g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, late 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse Apollo Aktios seated left on a throne, bow in right hand, A-M/B-P across field; very rare; $80.00











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