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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Other Greece| > SH53974
Aetolian League, Aetolia, Greece, c. 205 - 150 B.C.
The Aetolian League was a confederation of tribal communities and cities centered in central Greece, probably established to oppose Macedon and the Achaean League. Other Greeks considered Aetolians to be semi-barbaric, but their league had an effective political and administrative structure and a powerful army. By the end of the 3rd century B.C., it controlled the whole of central Greece outside Attica. At its height, the league included Locris, Malis, Dolopes, part of Thessaly, Phocis, and Acarnania. Some Mediterranean city-states, such as Kydonia on Crete, joined. As the first Greek ally of the Roman Republic, the league helped defeat Philip V of Macedon. Roman meddling in Greek affairs shifted opinion and a few years later the league sided with Antiochus III, the anti-Roman Seleucid king. Antiochus' defeat in 189 B.C. forced the league to sign a treaty that allowed it to exist but made it an feeble pawn of the Roman Republic.
SH53974. Silver triobol, Tsangari 1255 (D14/R193), BCD Akarnania 501, VF, lightly toned, Aitolian mint, weight 2.464g, maximum diameter 16.4mm, die axis 270o, obverse head of Aetolia right, wearing kausia; reverse AITΩΛΩN, the Calydonian boar standing right, monograms below, spearhead in exergue; ex CNG auction 256, lot 87; SOLD











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