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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, c. 275 - 215 B.C.
Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 - 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity. Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
GB85340. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati
II p. 347, 191; BMC Sicily
p. 219, 620; SNG ANS
578 (Agathokles); SNG MŁnchen
1225 (same); HGC 2
1469 (S); SNG Cop
865 var. (IA above bull), F, nice style
, dark green patina
, tight flan
5.293g, maximum diameter
19.3mm, die axis
, c. 275 - 269 B.C.; obverse
of Kore-Persephone left, wearing earrings and necklace, hair rolled and bound with barley wreath
, poppy head
behind neck; reverse
bull butting left, club over I (magistrate initial) above, IE (magistrate initials) in exergue
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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