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Selge, Pisidia, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprücay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D., Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best-conserved monument is the theater, restored in the 3rd century AD.
GS86788. Silver trihemiobol
, BMC Lycia
p. 257, 4; SNG BnF
1928 var.; SNGvA
5281 var., Klein
631 var., SNG Tüb
4466 var., SNG Cop
-, SNG PfPs
- (all var. astragalos
behind), EF, well centered
, some die wear, light marks, Selge (southern slope of Mount Taurus
, Turkey) mint, weight
0.874g, maximum diameter
10.7mm, die axis
, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse
), tongue protruding; reverse head
right in crested Attic helmet, astragalos
before on left; extremely rare, an apparently unpublished variety and the only specimen known to Forum
Catalog current as of Thursday, January 24, 2019.
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