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Syracuse AE 17 344-317 BC


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Hemilitron (AE 17mm) 344-317 bc. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ head of Persephone l., wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace, hair tied with fillet. Rv. Forepart of Pegasos left; below Σ. 4,83gr. Head of Persephone. SNG ANS 530; SNG Cop.734; Laffaille 224; Virzi 1493; Calciati II 184,79

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Nice coin, congrats :ninja:

 

Why did they use the goddess of the Underworld anyway? I've never seen Hades/Pluto on any coins. Or was she more associated with agriculture in Syracuse?

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Nice coin, congrats  :ninja:

 

Why did they use the goddess of the Underworld anyway?  I've never seen Hades/Pluto on any coins.  Or was she more associated with agriculture in Syracuse?

 

 

This Goddess presents an interesting paradox, she was the unwilling Godess of the underworld, but was forcibly made so. So without being able to analyze what the Syracusans were thinking, perhaps her example was a lesson to be learned. And then again as you note, perhaps Persephone was associated more with agriculture there too.

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