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Thebai, Thessaly, Greece, c. 302 - 286 B.C.
The famous sanctuary of Protesilaos was about ten miles from Thebai, at Phylake. An oracle had prophesied that the first Greek to walk on the land after stepping off a ship in the Trojan War would be the first to die. Protesilaos was the first who dared to leap ashore when the fleet touched the Troad. After killing four men, Protesilaos was slain by Hector, as prophesied, the first Greek to die.
In the war between Demetrius Poliorcetes and Cassander, in 302 B.C., Thebai was one of the strongholds of Cassander. Thebai and Pelinnaeum are mentioned in 282 B.C. as the only Thessalian cities that did not take part in the Lamian War.
GB87154. Bronze chalkous
, BCD Thessaly II
551, HGC 4
34 (R1), BCD Thessaly
I -, aF, dark patina
, tight flan
, light pitting
, Thebai Phthiotides (north
of Mikrothivai, Greece
) mint, weight
2.394g, maximum diameter
14.5mm, die axis
, c. 302 - 286 B.C.; obverse head
of Demeter right, wearing grain wreath
ΘHBAIΩN, Protesilaos advancing right from the prow of a galley right behind him, wearing military garb, sword in right hand, shield
on left arm; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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