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Homolion, Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece, Mid 4th Century B.C.
Homolion was at the foot of Mount Homole but its exact location is still unknown. On the way to Troy, Philoktetes, the king of Homolion and the surrounding area, was bitten by a snake. The stench of his festering wound was so bad that Odysseus and his other companions stranded him on the island of Lemnos. Later they learned from prophesy that they could not take Troy without the bow and arrows of Herakles, which Philoktetes possessed. Odysseus and a group of men rushed back to Lemnos to recover Heracles' weapons. Surprised to find the him alive, the Greeks balked on what to do next. Odysseus tricked the weaponry away from Philoktetes, but Diomedes refused to take the weapons without the man. Herakles came down from Olympus and told Philoktetes to go, that he would be healed and win great honor as a hero. Outside Troy a son of Asclepius healed his wound. Philoktetes was among those chosen to hide inside the Trojan Horse, and during the sack of the city he killed many famed Trojans.
GB87117. Bronze trichalkon, Rogers
257, BCD Thessaly
I 1064, SNG Cop
72, HGC 4
86 (R1), BCD Thessaly II
91 var. (obv. head
left), aVF, tight flan
, dark patina
of reverse legend
weak, some corrosion, Homolion (near Omolio, Larissa
) mint, weight
8.537g, maximum diameter
20.6mm, mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head
of Philoktetes left, bearded, wearing conical pilos; reverse
OMOΛ-IEΩN (clockwise starting at 10:00), coiled serpent
, erect head
right, a small bunch of grapes behind his head
; ex BCD, with his round tag noting, "V. Thess., Nov. 1991, SFr. 175.-"; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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