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Astarte

Astarte is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the principal goddess of the Phoenicians (Ashtoreth), representing the productive power of nature. In Phoenician mythology, she was a daughter of Sky and Earth and sister of the god El. Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. Her name is the second name in a Wicca energy chant: "Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna."

Marathos, Phoenicia, 222 - 151 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Marathos,| |Phoenicia,| |222| |-| |151| |B.C.|, |AE| |23|
Marathos was the most northern coastal town in Phoenicia. In 259 B.C. Arados increased her autonomy and dominated a federation of nearby cities including Gabala, Karne, Marathos and Simyra. Thus began the era of Arados, to which the subsequent coins of Marathos are dated. The federation of cities was not completely independent. The Seleukids retained overlordship. This type was issued intermittently from era of Arados year 38 (222 - 221 B.C.) to year 108 (152 - 151 B.C.). Arados destroyed Marathos, c. 145 B.C., but later rebuilt it as a colony.
GY89298. Bronze AE 23, BMC Phoenicia p. 120, 3 ff. (various dates); Cohen DCA 830; HGC 10 193, F, well centered, porosity, encrustations, weight 7.214 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Marathos (near Tartus, Syria) mint, 222 - 151 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Astarte (possibly Berenike II) right; reverse Marathos standing left, aphlaston in right hand, left arm resting on column behind, uncertain Phoenician date left, Phoenician ethnic (MRT) right, Phoenician control letters lower left and right; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Arados, Phoenicia, 80 - 79 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |80| |-| |79| |B.C.|, |AE| |19|
King Tigranes the Great of Armenia ruled Syria and Phoenicia from 82 until 69 B.C. when he was defeated by Rome. Arados retained its independence, as it had previously under Ptolemaic and Seleukid domination of the region.
GB57568. Bronze AE 19, Duyrat 4517 ff.; BMC Phoenicia p. 41, 335; Cohen DCA 779, aVF, weight 6.514 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Arados (Arwad, Syria) mint, 80 - 79 B.C.; obverse bust of Astarte right, wearing stephane and veil; reverse humped bull jumping to left, head turned facing, AC over Greek monogram above, below bull: PΠ (year 180) and Phoenician letter aleph over CWM; nice near black patina with red earthen highlighting; SOLD


Arados, Phoenicia, 46 - 45 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |46| |-| |45| |B.C.|, |AE| |23|

GB80627. Bronze AE 23, BMC Phoenicia p. 42, 344, VF, weight 6.294 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Aradus mint, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Astarte right with stephane and scepter; reverse humped bull charging left with palm at shoulder, Phoenician and Greek letters above, CI∆ (year 214 below) and symbol below; SOLD







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