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Birytis, Troas, c. 350 - 250 B.C.
Birytis' precise location in western Asia Minor remains unknown but it probably stood either south of Troy or near Hellespont. Numismatics provides our only evidence this city existed.
The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
GB83918. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop
1502; BMC Troas
p. 40, 1; SGCV II
4056, F/aF, dark patina
, unstruck central areas, scratches, light corrosion, Birytis mint, weight
6.409g, maximum diameter
18.8mm, die axis
, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obverse head
left wearing pileus
, two stars flanking cap; reverse
B-I/P-Y in fields flanking club, all within laurel wreath
Catalog current as of Sunday, February 17, 2019.
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