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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Smyrna| > GB93595
Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.
|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.|, Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins, this very type, Homerium.
GB93595. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna 185; BMC Ionia p. 245, 86; SNG Cop 1142; SNGvA -, VF/F, well centered on a tight flan, patina flaking, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, weight 8.453g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 0o, magistrate Pasikrates, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse Homer seated left in himation, right hand to chin (thinker pose), volume on knees in left hand, transverse staff between legs and on far side, IMYPNAIΩN downward on right, ΠAΣIKPATHΣ (magistrate's name) and (monograms) downward on left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD











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