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Katane, Sicily, c. 212 - 50 B.C.
In 212 B.C., after a two-year siege, despite defenses designed by the Greek mathematician and scientist Archimedes, the Roman general Marcus Claudius Marcellus forced his way into Syracuse. Although Marcellus wished to spare the Syracusans, he was unable to stop his soldiers from sacking the city. Archimedes was killed. Marcellus carried off the art treasures of Syracuse to Rome, the first recorded instance of a practice which was to become common.
GB82650. Bronze two chalkoi, Calciati
III p. 110, 25; SNG ANS
1278; SNG Morcom
563; HGC 2
612 (R1); BMC Sicily
p. 51, 65 corr.
; SNG Cop
-, aVF, green patina
, scratches, porous, Katane (Catania, Sicily
, Italy) mint, weight
3.768g, maximum diameter
16.8mm, die axis
, c. 212 - 50 B.C.; obverse
KATA/NAIΩN, Aphrodite Hyblaia (or Isis
?) standing right, wearing kalathos
, holding dove in extended right, II (2 chalkoi) right; $80.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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