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Athena and Deified Alexander
The deified Alexander the Great is depicted on the obverse of this coin of Lysimachos, dating to the early third century BC.

In the years following his death Alexander the Great came to be the subject of cult worship throughout the Mediterranean basin. His corpse was appropriated by Ptolemy I who transported it to Egypt, initially interring it at Memphis, then to a mausoleum and center of worship in Alexandria. It survived until the 4th century AD when Theodosius banned paganism, only to disappear without trace.

Athena depicted on the reverse of this coin was the patron goddess of Athens. She came to be worshiped throughout much of the Mediterranean basin during Hellenistic period.
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Jochen  [Nov 18, 2010 at 07:59 AM]
One of the classical coins with neat details on the rev.
areich  [Nov 18, 2010 at 09:26 AM]
Wonderful reverse and the toning adds to it.
Randygeki(h2)  [Nov 22, 2010 at 11:45 PM]
not bad.
Noah  [Dec 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM]
phenomenal!
kokoshawnuff  [May 07, 2012 at 02:43 PM]
very nice
kc  [Jul 31, 2012 at 04:22 AM]
super!!!
Sam  [Aug 14, 2013 at 03:33 PM]
Powerful portrait of Alex
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