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Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Hypaepa, Lydia
Hypaepa was at the foot of Mt. Aipos, near the north bank of the Cayster River, 42 miles from Ephesus on the road to Sardis. The ruins are near the present-day village of GŁnlŁce, 4 km northwest of ÷demıs. In myth, Aphrodite gave the gifts of beauty and a form of dance to the women of Hypaepa, and it was Arachne's home before she was turned into a spider. The Persian goddess Anahita, later identified with Artemis and called Artemis Anaitis, was worshiped there. In 88 B.C., Hypaepa rebelled against Mithridates VI of Pontus and was severely punished. Under Tiberius it was a candidate for locating a temple dedicated to worship of the emperor, but was rejected as too insignificant. To judge by the number of churches, Hypaepa flourished under the Byzantine Empire.
RP72125. Bronze AE 16, RPC I
2542 (11 spec.); SNG Cop
188; BMC Lydia
p. 110, 16; SNGvA
-, VF, a little off-center but on a broad flan
, undefined mint, weight
2.131g, maximum diameter
16.2mm, die axis
, magistrate Mitrodoros Kon, 55 A.D.(?); obverse
NEPΩN KAIΣAP (counter-clockwise from upper left), bare head
YΠAIΠHNΩN MHTPO∆ΩPOΣ, KON (counter-clockwise from upper left, KON upward in right field
), hero standing left, labrys
(double axe) in right; ex Gitbud & Naumann 2010; last example listed on Coin Archives sold in 2013; rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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