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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Smyrna| > RP88115
Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.
Zeus had the title Akraios ("of the peak"), among others, at his shrine on Mt. Laphystion, in Boeotia, his mythical birthplace. Noble Thessalian youth went annually to worship Zeus Akraios dressed in ramskins, at his shrine on Mt. Pelion, in southeastern Thessaly. The remains of a temple appropriate for Zeus Akraios have been found at ancient Smyrna, on a height directly over the gulf (though by no means mountainous). It would have been an east facing temple, visible from afar, with ten Corinthian columns on its short side and perhaps twenty three on its longer side, with dimensions comparable to the Olympieion in Athens. The modern city of Izmir covers most traces of this temple and the other temples of ancient Smyrna.
RP88115. Bronze AE 19, BMC Ionia p. 258, 190 (same rev. leg. arrangement); SNG Cop 1290; SNGvA 2187; Weber -, aVF, well centered, porous, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, weight 3.766g, maximum diameter 19.1mm, die axis 180o, 2nd - 3rd century A.D.; obverse ZEVC AKPAIOC, head of Zeus Akraios ("of the peak" or "on the heights") right; reverse CMYPNA-I,ΩN (last two letters in exergue), prow of a war galley right, with acrostolium and ram; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $80.00











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