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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Thessaly| > GS18917
Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 440 - 400 B.C.
|Thessaly|, |Larissa,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |c.| |440| |-| |400| |B.C.|, During religious games, the young men of Thessaly participated in bull jumping and bull wrestling. In bull wrestling, participants would jump from a horse, naked save a chlamys and cap, to bring a bull down to the ground. The obverse shows a wrestler bringing down a bull and the reverse shows the horse running free after the leap was made. The game may have originated in Asia Minor and then traveled to Crete, where it is known the people of Thessaly learned the sport.
GS18917. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 110, aVF, rough, Larissa mint, weight 5.279g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 180o, c. 440 - 400 B.C.; obverse youth wrestling or restraining bull, both to left; reverse ΛAPI/ΣAIA, bridled horse galloping right, all in incuse square; SOLD











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