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Hierapolis-Kastabala, Cilicia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Hierapolis-Kastabala was an ancient city in Cilicia Pedias, three kilometers north ancient Pyramus. Alexander the Great stopped at Kastabala before the Battle of Issus in 333 B.C. Antiochus IV refounded the city with the name Hierapolis. In the first century B.C., Hierapolis was the capital of a small local kingdom under the rule of the former Cilician pirate Tarcondimotus I, an ally of Mark Antony. Cicero referred to the city as Rome's most loyal ally beyond the Taurus and the best friend of the Roman people. The city was known for its temple of Artemis Perasia. Strabo wrote of her priestesses who, in a trance, would walk barefoot over hot coals without damage.
GY73092. Bronze AE 15, cf. CNG e-auction 250, lot 112; otherwise apparently unpublished; SNG BnF
-, SNG Levante
-, SNG Cop
-, BMC Lycaonia
-, F, well centered
, highlighting "desert" patina
, some corrosion, Cilicia
, Hieropolis-Kastabala mint, weight
2.776g, maximum diameter
15.4mm, die axis
, 2nd - 1st centuries B.C.; obverse radiate
, draped bust
right, dotted border
; reverse eagle
standing left on torch, wings open, head
left, IEPOΠOΛITΩN above, ΠPOΣ TΩI ΠYPA[NA?] below; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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