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Akragas - AR didrachm6 views480 - 470 BC
sea eagle
Jenkins, Gela, Group IV; SNG ANS 954-5.
ex Dr. Ernst von Ferrari-Kellerhof
ex Lanz
AKRAGAS - Sicilia - Italia21 viewsAR Hemidracma 15 mm - 1.7 gr

Anv: Águila a derecha con sus alas desplegadas, cabeza gacha devorando a una liebre que aferra en sus garras. En campo izq. un grano de cebada.
Rev: Cangrejo de río "A-K", sobre sus patas, debajo Ketos/Pistrix a izquierda con un pescado entre sus fauces.

Acuñación: 410 - 406 A.C.
Ceca: Akragas (Hoy Agrigento) - Sicilia - Italia

Referencias: B.M.C. II (Sicily) #63 Pag. 12 - SNG Cop #56 - SNG ANS #1010-14 - HGC II #105 - MI AMG #3822
AKRAGAS - Sicilia - Italia17 viewsAE Hemilitron 28 mm - 21.8 gr

Anv: Águila a derecha con sus alas desplegadas, cabeza gacha devorando a una liebre que aferra en sus garras.
Rev: Cangrejo de río, seis puntos a su alrededor, debajo langostino a izquierda.

Acuñación: 425 - 406 A.C.
Ceca: Akragas (Hoy Agrigento) - Sicilia - Italia

Referencias: SNG München #92 ff - SNG ANS #1026-1027 var - Calciati CNS I #10-15 Pag.165 - SNG Cop #68
AKRAGAS - Sicilia - Italia22 viewsAE Hexas 17 mm - 7.33 gr

Anv: Águila a derecha con sus alas desplegadas, cabeza gacha devorando un atun que aferra en sus garras, "AK-PA" (leyenda retrógrada).
Rev: Cangrejo de río, dos puntos a los lados, debajo atún a izquierda, dos puntos entre sus pinzas.

Acuñación: 425 - 406 A.C.
Ceca: Akragas (Hoy Agrigento) - Sicilia - Italia

Referencias: HGC 2 #148 - SNG ANS #1047/50 - Calciati CNS I #74 Pag.189 - BMC II (Sicily) #107-11 Pag.17 - Sear GCTV I #1024 Pag.108
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - remains of city wall529 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Castor and Pollux410 viewsbuilt +- 450 BCJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia488 viewsgreek colony - Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
6 x 13 columns built over a basament of 39.44 x 16.91 m
temple was turned into church in the 6th century AD
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia341 viewsgreek colony Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Heracles372 viewsbuilt in 5. century BCJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno331 viewsbuilt in the 5. century BC and burnt in 406 BC by the Carthaginians
used for the celebration of weddings
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno Lacinia130 viewsThis temple was constructed on a mostly artificial spur. It dates to c. 450 BC, measuring 38.15 x 16.90 m: it is in Doric style, peripteros 6 columns wide by 13 long, preceded by a pronaos and opisthodomos. The basement has four steps.

Current remains (including anastylosis from the 18th Century onwards) consist of the front colonnade with parts of the architrave and of the frieze. Only fragments of the other three sides survive, with few elements of the cella. The building was damaged in the fire of 406 BC and restored in Roman times, with the substitution of clay marble roof tiles with ones and the addition of a steep rise in the area where today can be seen the remains of the altar.

Nearby are arcosolia and other sepultures from Byzantine times, belonging to the late 6th century AD renovation of the Temple of Concordia into a Christian church.
Joe Sermarini
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento, Temple of Concordia218 viewsDue to its good state of preservation, the Temple of Concordia is ranked amongst the most notable edifices of the Greek civilization existing today. It has a peristatis of 6 x 13 columns built over a basement of 39.44 x 16.91 m; each Doric column has twenty grooves and a slight entasis, and is surmounted by an architrave with triglyphs and metopes; also perfectly preserved are the tympani. The cella, preceded by a pronaos, is accessed by a single step; also existing are the pylons with the stairs which allowed to reach the roof and, over the cella's walls and in the blocks of the peristasis entablature, the holes for the wooden beam of the ceiling. The exterior and the interior of the temple were covered by polychrome stucco. The upper frame had gutters with lion-like protomes, while the roof was covered by marble tiles.

When the temple was turned into a church the entrance was moved to the rear, and the rear wall of the cella was destroyed. The spaces between the columns were closed, while 12 arched openings were created in the cella, in order to obtain a structure with one nave and two aisles. The pagan altar was destroyed and sacristies were carved out in the eastern corners. The sepultures visible inside and outside the temple date to the High Middle Age.
2 commentsJoe Sermarini
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples118 viewsThe Valle dei Templi (English: Valley of the Temples, Sicilian: Vaddi di li Tempri) is an archaeological site in Agrigento (ancient Greek Akragas), Sicily, southern Italy. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997. Much of the excavation and restoration of the temples was due to the efforts of archaeologist Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta (1783–1863), who was the Duke of Serradifalco from 1809 through 1812.

The term "valley" is a misnomer, the site being located on a ridge outside the town of Agrigento.
Joe Sermarini
SICILY, Himera. Circa 410 BC. 44 viewsBronze AE Hemilitron .
Obverse : Head of nymph Himera left, wearing sphendone, six pellets before.
Reverse : Six pellets (mark of value) within wreath.
Choice good Very Fine ( Very Rare with this condition ) , dark green patina. (15mm, 2.82 g ).

Sear 1110

From The Sam Mansourati Collection. No 35 A.


Himera was founded around 678 BC by Greek colonists from Zancle, modern Messina. Zancle itself had been founded in the previous century by Greek colonists. It is probable that a prehistoric settlement already existed there, populated by Sicanians.

Politically, Himera represented the farthest westward expansion of the Greeks along the Sicily's Tyrrhenian coast, constituting a threat to the Carthaginians, who had colonized the western area of Sicily and founded Palermo and Solunto, the latter city being only twenty kilometers distant from Himera. Though Palermo later, of necessity, came under Greek influence, it was never truly a Hellenic city.

In 480 BC, the Carthaginians decided to invade the region. Hamilcar, a Carthaginian general who was an ancestor of the famous Hannibal who later fought the Romans, assembled an army said to number thirty thousand men to march upon Himera. The Greeks of Himera sought and received help from the Greeks of Agrigento and Syracuse. The three combined Greek armies literally massacred the Carthaginians, and thus the Carthaginian threat to the Sicilian Greeks was effectively eliminated, at least for the remainder of that century.

In 409 BC, Hannibal, grandson of Hamilcar, led a large Carthaginian army against Himera. This time, the Greeks were defeated and Himera was destroyed. It is believed that the Imerians who survived the battle fled to Termini and Caccamo.

New Owner : Miss. Arianna Parrillo.
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