Author Topic: Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Hemiobol, Tarsus  (Read 60 times)

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Offline Quant.Geek

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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Hemiobol, Tarsus (Price 3030)

Obv: Head of Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right
Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY franked by bow in case and club; above club, grape bunch on stern and N
Dim: 17.5 mm, 6.84 g, 8 h

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The reverse is also a picture of Alexander. It depicts his greatest hobbies. The bow alludes to warfare and hunting. Since it is in a case, it is peacetime and Alexander can go hunting. The bunch of grapes stands for Dionysus, therefore wine drinking and being drunk. The club is the attribute of Heracles. Alexander was less into cleaning up and putting things right and more into brawling with his friends. He killed a friend who had saved his life in one such drunken brawl.

Missing and not a great Alexandrian hobby is Venus.

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