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Lot 5-004. Sikyonia, Sikyon. Ca. 330/20-280 B.C. AR hemidrachm.

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Lot 5-004. Sikyonia, Sikyon. Ca. 330/20-280 B.C. AR hemidrachm.

Sikyonia, Sikyon. Ca. 330/20-280 B.C. AR hemidrachm (15.7 mm, 2.64 g, 9 h). Chimaera advancing left; ΣI below / Dove flying left; three pellets above tail feathers. BCD 294; SNG Copenhagen 62-3; BMC 120. aVF.

The earliest description of the Chimera comes from Homer's Illiad, "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire." There are a few myths associated with the Chimera, but the most popular is from Corinth, where the beast attacked the city on a nightly basis, carrying off women, children, and livestock. Athena appeared to Bellerophon in a dream and gave him the golden bridle, allowing him to tame the Pegasos. Belleraphon was able to slay the Chimera while riding Pegasos, by driving a spear through its heart. Another variation of the myth is that the spear ended with a clump of lead, when heated by the Chimera's flaming breath, melted and sealed the monster's throat.

 
Estimate:
$  250.00
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Bidding closed (Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014, 12:01:30)
Current time: Monday, April 22nd, 20:59:00

Bidding Details - Lot 5-004, Sikyonia, Sikyon. Ca. 330/20-280 B.C. AR hemidrachm.

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