“The Annunciation" by Tiziano (1520-1522)
Stater from Argos, Argolis c. 370-350 BC
Extremely rare, only one of two known examples of this coin.
The coin shows the head of Hera to the right, her hair flowing down the back of her neck, wearing stephane ornamented with palmettes, earring and necklace of pearls. On the reverse, ΑRΛΕΙOΝ, two dolphins swimming in a circle to left; between them, Corinthian helmet right between Ε-Μ.
Argos only produced a very small number of staters, all of which were minted within a rather limited period of time, probably circa 370-350 when both Spartan and Theban domination of the Peloponnesos had fallen away. The Argive issues seem to fall into three groups: a small series at the beginning with head left, a main series with compact heads of Hera, and a later outlying group (pictured), which has a large, elegant, and ‘pretty’ head of the goddess that differs in concept from those on the two preceding groups. It also differs in its the ethnic, with a lambda-like gamma and an omicron rather than an omega. Reminiscences of this head can be found on later staters from Crete, thus making it likely that some coins of this type found their way to that island in the purses of returning mercenaries.
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Eduardo Rosales. Study for the Will of Isabella the Catholic, 1863.
Aeneas tries to defend the walls of Troy against the Greeks. 1827. illustration from Virgil’s Aeneid. Anne Louis Girodet de Roussy Trioson. French 1767-1824. engraving.
Aeneas Sacrificing to Neptune. 1827. from illustrations of Virgil’s Aeneid. Anne Louis Girodet de Roussy Trioson. French 1767-1824. engraving.
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