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The Perrhaiboi, Thessaly, Greece, c. Late 2nd - Early 1st Century B.C.
The Perrhaiboi were a Pelasgian (indigenous non-Greek) tribal people who lived in Perrhaibia, north of Thessaly proper and bordering Macedonia. Their capital was Phalanna, and their most significant town was Olosson. In the Iliad, Homer wrote of "the valiant Perrhaiboi, who dwelt about wintry Dodona, and held the lands round the lovely river Titaresios, which sends its waters into the Peneus." The Perrhaiboi fought in the Battle of Thermopylae. Through most of their history they were overshadowed and controlled by Thessaly, although they had two votes at the Delphic Amphictyony. Philip II of Macedon took their kingdom and it remained under Macedonian control until the Roman conquest in 196 B.C.
GB76999. Bronze trichalkon, BCD Thessaly
I 1247 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II
440, fig. 239; SNG Cop
197, HGC 4
157, aVF, well centered
, some corrosion, Olosson or Phalanna mint, weight
6.372g, maximum diameter
19.2mm, die axis
, c. late 2nd - early 1st century B.C.; obverse head
of Zeus right, wearing oak wreath
ΠEPPAI/BΩN (in two lines, starting upward from lower left, ending downward on right), Hera
seated right on backless throne, long scepter
vertical behind in right hand, resting left hand on knee, no magistrate name or initials; $105.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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