Greek Thessalonica AE21 Demeter Legend in wreath

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Greek Thessalonica AE21 Demeter Legend in wreath

Macedonia , Greek City of Thessalonica AE21. Struck circa 48-27 B.C. Obverse : QECCALONIKH, veiled head (of Demeter?) right . Reverse : QEC/CALO/NIKE/WN, four lines in laurel wreath. Reference : Moushmov 6616 . ...................................................................................................................................... The city Thessalonica in Macedonia was founded around 315 BC by the King Cassander of Macedon, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma and twenty-six other local villages. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. She gained her name ("victory of Thessalians": Gk nikē "victory") from her father, Philip II, to commemorate her birth on the day of his gaining a victory over the Phocians, who were defeated with the help of Thessalian horsemen, the best in Greece at that time. Thessaloniki developed rapidly and as early as the 2nd century BC the first walls were built, forming a large square. It was an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Macedon, with its own parliament where the King was represented and could interfere in the city's domestic affairs. Roman era After the fall of the kingdom of Macedon in 168 BC, Thessalonica became a city of the Roman Republic. It grew to be an important trade-hub
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