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Homonoia

Cities in Thrace and Asia Minor sometimes formed homonoia (alliances) with other cities. The competition for prestige and rivalry between cities in the East was intense. Alliances could enhance a city's status by aligning either with many cities or with particularly important ones. Homonoia was part of civic "foreign policy" and might have involved the exchange of delegates and joint celebrations and sacrifices. At least 87 cities issued homonoia coins celebrating their alliances.

Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia in Homonoia with Smyrna

|Ephesos|, |Domitia,| |Wife| |of| |Domitian,| |81| |-| |96| |A.D.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia| |in| |Homonoia| |with| |Smyrna||AE| |21|
The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.Artemis
RP91446. Bronze AE 21, RPC II 1083 (2 spec.), Franke-Nolle -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Munchen -, BMC Ionia -, Stumpf -, Choice gF, excellent centering, attractive darker highlighting fields, light marks, light porosity, obverse die break at 8:00, weight 7.555 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesos (near Selcuk, Turkey) mint, proconsul P. Calvisius Ruso, c. 92 - 94 A.D.; obverse ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse ANΘY POYCΩNOC OMONOIA (Anthypatos Ruso, alliance), facing cult statue of Artemis of Ephesos standing, wearing polos and veil, with arm supports, ZMYP (Smyrna) downward on left, EΦE (Ephesos) downward on right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades, only a few specimens known to exist; extremely rare; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

Franke, P. & M. Noell. Die Homonoia-Mnzen Kleinasiens und der thrakischen Randgebiete. (Saarbrcken, 1997).
Kampmann, U. Die Homonoia - Verbindungen der Stadt Pergamon. (Saarbrcken, 1996).
Weber, L. "Die Homoniemmnzen des Phrygischen Hierapolis" in JIAN (1912), pp. 65 - 122.

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