SYRACUSE in Sicily 425BC Ancient Greek Coin Nymph Arethusa Dolphins i36901
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Authentic Ancient Coin of:
Greek city of Syracuse in Sicily
Bronze 18mm (3.32 grams) Struck 425-357 B.C.
Reference: Sear 1186; B.M.C. 2.243
Head of Arethusa left, hair bound with ampyx and sphendone; behind, dolphin.
ΣΥ - ΡΑ - in the upper quarter of wheel with four spokes; dolphin in each of the lower quarters.
The myth of her transformation begins when she came across a clear stream and began bathing, not knowing it was the river god Alpheus . He fell in love during their encounter, but she fled after discovering his presence and intentions, as she wished to remain a chaste attendant of Artemis . After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection. Artemis hid her in a cloud, but Alpheus was persistent. She began to perspire profusely from fear, and soon transformed into a stream. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her... read more