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Thespiai, Boiotia, Greece, 146 - 27 B.C.
Thespiae stood on level ground commanded by the low range of hills which run eastward from the foot of Mount Helicon to Thebes, near modern Thespies. During the Hellenistic Period, Thespiae sought the friendship of the Roman Republic in the war against Mithridates VI. It is subsequently mentioned by Strabo as a place of some size, and by Pliny as a free city within the Roman Empire, a reward for its support against Mithridates. Thespiae hosted an important group of Roman negotiatores until the refoundation of Corinth in 44 B.C.
GB76253. Bronze AE 16, BCD Boiotia
611; Head Boeotia
p. 94, pl. VI, 13; BMC Central
p. 92, 14, pl. XVI, 12; SNG Cop
406 - 407; HGC 4
1408 (S), F, green patina
, earthen deposits, Thespiai mint, weight
4.046g, maximum diameter
15.9mm, die axis
, 146 - 27 B.C.; obverse
female (Arsinoe III) head
right, wearing kalathos
and veil; reverse chelys
, ΘEΣΠI/EΩN in two downward lines, starting on right, ending on left, all in laurel wreath
; ex BCD with his tag noting, "Ex Ian Johnson, FPL, Vol. XI, no. 5, Sep 92, no. 4"; scarce
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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