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Selge, Pisidia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (KŲprŁcay) 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.
GB86931. Bronze chalkous
, SNG BnF
1979; SNG Cop
5288; SNG PfPs
368; BMC Pisidia
p. 262, 47; SGCV II
5491, VF, dark blue-green patina
, with some brass showing on high points, tight flan
(as usual for the type
), Selge (southern slope of Mount Taurus
, Turkey) mint, weight
2.507g, maximum diameter
13.3mm, die axis
, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse
of Herakles right, club over left shoulder; reverse
winged thunderbolt, arc (bow?) on right, top end of arc ornamented with a stag head
, Σ−E−Λ divided low across field
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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