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Theseus

Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 140 - 175 A.D.

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King Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. Theseus, son of Aigeus, the king of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to Crete, Ariadne, King Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of thread to help him find his way out of the Labyrinth. Theseus promised Ariadne that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the Minotaur, followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. Athena told Theseus to leave Ariadne and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, Theseus forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.
GB77873. Bronze drachm, BMC Attica p. 105, 764; SNG Cop 341; Svoronos Athens, pl. 96, 1; Kroll 276, aF, corrosion, weight 7.132 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; reverse AΘHNAIΩN, Theseus right, preparing to slay the Minotaur, nude, planting knee on the back of Minotaur, raising club in his right hand, a horn of the Minotaur in his left hand, the Minotaur falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren (Antioch Associates); very rare; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 140 - 175 A.D.

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King Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. Theseus, son of Aigeus, the king of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to Crete, Ariadne, King Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of thread to help him find his way out of the Labyrinth. Theseus promised Ariadne that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the Minotaur, followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. Athena told Theseus to leave Ariadne and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, Theseus forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.
GB29361. Bronze drachm, Svoronos Athens, pl. 96, 1 (same dies); Kroll 276; SNG Cop 341; BMC Attica 764, Fair, edge break, holed, weight 6.389 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 225o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; reverse AΘHNAIΩN, Theseus right, preparing to slay the Minotaur, nude, planting knee on the back of Minotaur, raising club in his right hand, a horn of the Minotaur in his left hand, the Minotaur falling right on left knee; ex Harlan J. Berk; very rare; SOLD


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

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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.
GB35142. Bronze AE 12, SNG Cop 378, F, weight 1.552 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 315o, Athens mint, obverse bare head of Theseus right, club across shoulder; reverse AΘH, bucranium (head of the Minotaur?); rare; rare; SOLD


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

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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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