Author Topic: Calabria, Tarentum, AR Diobol, c. 380-325 BC, Vlasto 1254-9, HN Italy 914  (Read 186 times)

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Calabria, Tarentum, AR Diobol, c. 380-325 BC, Vlasto 1254-9, HN Italy 914 (1.00 g,12 mm)

The first of Hercules' twelve labours, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion.

While searching for the lion, Hercules fletched some arrows to use against it, not knowing that its golden fur was impenetrable. He discovered the fur's protective property when his arrow bounced harmlessly off the creature's thigh. Hercules then stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death.

After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt, but failed. He then tried sharpening the knife with a stone and even tried with the stone itself. Finally, Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told Hercules to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt. Hercules used the pelt as his armour.

Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with hippocamp
Reverse: Herakles (Hercules) standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; [club to left], K between Herakles' legs.

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I wonder if this design was inspired by your coin. Or did they have a common source? A statue, maybe?

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I wonder if this design was inspired by your coin. Or did they have a common source? A statue, maybe?

With a difference of about 23 centuries, the source seems to be the same...
This scene has inspired many artists over the centuries but the oldest seems to be the decoration of a Greek amphora exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris (550-540 BC), May be the original pattern ?
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