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Thessaly was home to extensive Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures around 6000 B.C. - 2500 B.C. Mycenaean settlements have also been discovered. In Archaic and Classical times, the lowlands of Thessaly became the home of baronial families, such as the Aleuadae of Larissa or the Scopads of Krannon. In the 4th century B.C. Jason of Pherae transformed Thessaly into a significant military power. Shortly after, Philip II of Macedon was appointed Archon of Thessaly, and the region was associated with the Macedonian Kingdom for the next centuries. Later Thessaly became part of the Roman province of Macedonia.
The Magnetes, Thessaly, Greece, c. 47 - 46 B.C.
NEW The Magnetes were an ancient Greek tribe living in Thessalian Magnesia who took part in the Trojan War. They later also contributed to the Greek colonization by founding two prosperous cities in Western Anatolia, Magnesia on the Maeander and Magnesia ad Sipylum. After the liberation of Thessaly in 197 B.C., the Magnetes struck federal coins for the whole of the Magnesian peninsula at Demerias, where their assemblies were held, and where the Magnetarchs resided. The head of Zeus was also used on contemporary coins of the Thessalian League. The Magnetes made sacrifices to the centaur Cheiron who lived on the nearby Mt. Pelion.GB93814. Bronze trichalkon, BCD Thessaly I 1184; BCD Thessaly II 419.2; Rogers Thessaly 337 corr. (magistrate's name off flan, not described); HGC 4 66 (S), VF, dark brown patina, well centered and struck, rough, weight 5.971 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Demetrias (near Volos, Greece) mint, c. 47 - 46 B.C.; obverse ΛEONTOΣ (magistrate's name) upward behind, laureate head of Zeus right; reverse centaur Cheiron standing right, right hand extended, branch in left over shoulder; MAΓ-NH/T-Ω-N in two lines, above and below, star right; rare variety; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00
Die Munzpragung von Pharsalos
The coins of Pharsalos, in southern Thessaly, in Greece. Saarbrücken Studies of archeology and ancient history, volume 14. Pharsalos was the only important Thessalian city issuing coins in the fifth century B.C. which was not part of the groups producing Thessalian federal coinage.BK13159. Die Munzpragung von Pharsalos by Stella Lavva, 2001, in German, 283 pages, new; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
Pharsalos, Thessaly, Greece, Late 5th-Mid 4th Century B.C., Both Dies Signed By Telephantos
Signed by the master engraver Telephantos. The tiny letters on the obverse left and reverse exergue are the initials and signature of Telephantos.GS86218. Silver drachm, Lavva 105 (V51/R58); BCD Thessaly II 640 (same rev. die); BMC Thessaly p. 43, 6 & pl. IX, 9 (same); HGC 4 624; BCD Thessaly I -, Choice gVF, superb classical style of the master engraver Telephantos, well centered and struck, a few light marks, weight 5.794 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 195o, Pharsalos (Farsala, Greece) mint, late 5th-mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with raised cheek-piece, small TH behind neck; reverse Φ−A−P−Σ (clockwise from lower right), Thessalian cavalryman on horse prancing right, wearing petasos, chlamys, and chiton, lagobolon over right shoulder in right hand, reins in left hand; TEΛEΦANTO small, retrograde, and low relief in exergue; SOLD
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