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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Italy > GB85092
Neapolis, Campania, Italy, c. 317 - 270 B.C.
Before it was refounded as Neapolis (meaning "new city"), Naples was called Parthenope, named for the daughter of the river-god Achelous and the Muse Terpsichore. Parthenope cast herself into the sea and drowned when her songs failed to entice Odysseus. Her body washed ashore at Naples. When people from the city of Cumae settled there, they named their city Parthenope in her honor. Roman myth tells a different tale, in which a centaur called Vesuvius was enamored with Parthenope. In jealousy, Zeus turned the centaur into a volcano and Parthenope into the city of Naples. Thwarted in his desire, Vesuvius's anger is manifested in the mountain's frequent eruptions.
GB85092. Bronze AE 17, Potamikon 259; Taliercio IIa 26; Sambon 625; BMC Italy p. 111, 164; HN Italy 582, F, blue-green patina, tight flan, reverse slightly off center, corrosion, Neapolis (Naples, Italy) mint, weight 4.432g, maximum diameter 17.3mm, die axis 135o, c. 320 - 280 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, E behind; reverse Acheloios Sebethos, as a man-faced bull, standing right, Phrygian helmet above, PMA monogram below bull, NEΠOΛITΩN in exergue; from the Molinari Collection; rare; $50.00











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