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Theseus
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 125 - 175 A.D.

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |125| |-| |175| |A.D.||AE| |11|
After defeating Athens, King Minos of Crete demanded that, at seven-year intervals, seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls must be sent to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth created by Daedalus. On the third occasion, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster and took the place of one of the youths. King Minos' daughter Ariadne, out of love for Theseus, gave him a ball of string so he could find his way out. Following Daedalus' instructions given to Ariadne; go forwards, always down and never left or right, Theseus came to the heart of the Labyrinth and upon the sleeping Minotaur. He overpowered the Minotaur and slit the beast's throat. He used the string to escape the Labyrinth and escaped with all of the young Athenians and Ariadne.
GB73382. Bronze AE 11, Kroll 240; SNG Cop 378; BMC Attica p. 107, 779 - 781, aVF, weight 1.681 g, maximum diameter 11.3 mm, die axis 180o, Athens mint, c. 125 - 175 A.D.; obverse bare head of Theseus right, club over shoulder; reverse bucranium, AΘH counterclockwise starting above center; ex CNG e-auction 341, lot 166; ex Antioch Associates (30 May 1998); ex BCD collection; rare; SOLD







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