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Pheneos, Arkadia, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 300 - 240 B.C.
Feneos lies at the foot of Mount Cyllene, mythical birthplace of the god Hermes. It therefore was an important cult center for the god, notably during the annual festival of the Hermaea. Catullus (Poem 68) mentions the seasonal flooding of the plain and says it was drained by an underground channel dug by Hercules during his Twelve Labors. According to Herodotus the river Styx originates near Feneos. In the Aeneid, Evander's fond memories of a visit by Aeneas' father Anchises to Feneos are one factor in his decision to ally his Arcadian colonists to the Trojans.
GB85884. Bronze chalkous
, BCD Peloponnesos
1629; Imhoof-Blumer MG
257; Traitť III
905 & pl. CCXXV, 13; HGC 5
995 (R2); SNG Cop
-; BMC Peloponnesus
-, F, dark olive green patina
slightly off center, Pheneos (Feneos, Greece
) mint, weight
2.693g, maximum diameter
15.1mm, die axis
, c. 300 - 240 B.C.; obverse head
Heurippa right, quiver behind; reverse
hound running right, ΦE above, syrinx
(Pan pipes) below; ex J. Cohen
Collection; very rare
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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