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Homer

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 Homerium.

Kolophon, Ionia, c. 190 - 30 B.C.

|Colophon|, |Kolophon,| |Ionia,| |c.| |190| |-| |30| |B.C.||AE| |19|
Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.
GB83485. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 186; SNGvA 2017; SNG Munchen 557; Milne Colophon 179; BMC Ionia p. 41, 43, VF, centered on a tight flan, weight 6.047 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, magistrate Pytheos, c. 50 B.C.; obverse Homer seated left in himation, right hand raised to chin (the thinker pose!), scroll in his left hand resting on his knees, ΠYΘEOΣ (magistrate) downward on left; reverse Apollo standing right, phiale in right hand, kithara in left hand, KOΛOΦΩNIΩN downward on left; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.

|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||Homerium|
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.
SH66268. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna 324; BMC Ionia, p. 245, 91; SGCV II 4572, VF, weight 7.921 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 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, HPAKΛEI∆HΣ (magistrate's name) downward on left and monogram outer left; SOLD







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