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Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Hypaipa, Lydia
Wandering the world in a panther-drawn chariot, Dionysos rode ahead of the maenads and satyrs, who sang loudly and danced, flushed with wine. They were profusely garlanded with ivy and held the thyrsus, a staff topped with a pinecone, a symbol of the immortality of his believers. Everywhere he went he taught men how to cultivate vines and the mysteries of his cult. Whoever stood in his way and refused to revere him was punished with madness.
RP76724. Leaded bronze AE 18, SNGvA
2961, RPC I
2550 (= vA coin, only one specimen cited), SNG Cop
-, SNG München
-, BMC Lydia
-, VF, tight flan
, porous, Hypaepa (near Günlüce, Turkey) mint, weight
5.033g, maximum diameter
18.1mm, die axis
, Julios Hegesippos magistrate; obverse
NEPΩN KAIΣAP, laureate head
Dionysos standing left, kantharos
in right hand, thrysos vertical behind in left hand, IOVA / HΓHCIΠΠ in two upward lines on left, VΠAIΠH / ΓP in two upward lines on right; very rare
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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