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Selinous, Sicily, 450 - 440 B.C.
Selinus was once one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily. In 409 B.C., the Carthaginians attacked with a vast army believed to include at least 100,000 men. Selinus, with a population of about 30,000 excluding slaves, was unprepared and an auxiliary force promised by Syracuse, Agrigentum and Gela did not arrive. The Selinuntines defended themselves with courage, and after the walls were breached, continued to fight from house to house. After tens days the city fell. Of the citizens, 16,000 were slain and 5,000 made prisoners, but more than 2,600 escaped to Agrigento.
GI83626. Cast bronze cast trias, Calciati
I p. 233, 2; SNG Morcom
666; HGC 2
1231 (R1); BMC Sicily
-; SNG Cop
-; SNG ANS
-; SNG MŁnchen
-; SNG TŁb
-, aF, green patina
, Selinus mint, weight
14.308g, maximum diameter
22.0mm, die axis
, 450 - 440 B.C.; obverse
); with teeth displayed, four pellets (mark of value) in hair, anepigraphic
), with protruding tongue; four pellets (mark of value) in hair, anepigraphic
; ex CNG e-auction 285 (22 Aug 2012), lot 14; ex L.C. Aes Grave
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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