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Volusian, c. November 251 - July or August 253 A.D., Damascus, Syria
Telephus (or Telephos) was the son of Herakles and Auge, daughter of King Aleus of Tegea. An oracle told King Aleus that he would be overthrown by his grandson, so he forced his daughter Auge to become a virgin priestess. After she was violated by Herakles, their son, the infant Telephus, was hidden in the temple but his cries revealed him. Aleus ordered Telephus exposed on Mt. Parthenion. He was saved by a doe Herakles sent to suckle him.
RY86711. Bronze AE 26, RPC Online
IX 1968 (11 spec.); SNG Hunter
3461; De Saulcy
7; Lindgren I
59 var. (ram running in ex
.); SNG MŁn
1025 var. (same), F, desert patina
, parts of legends weak, porous, Damascus
10.109g, maximum diameter
25.9mm, die axis
, c. Nov 251 - Jul/Aug 253 A.D.; obverse
D VIB GALLO VOLOSSIANO AVG, laureate head
right, traces of drapery; reverse
COL ∆AMA METR, hind
(antlered doe) standing right, suckling infant Telephos
seated left, ram's head
right in exergue
; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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