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Nude Figures and Erotic Images on Ancient Coins
The ancients had a grand appreciation for the beauty of the human body and a rather bawdy view of sexuality.
|Solus (or Soluntum, near modern Solanto), one of the three chief Punic settlements on, was on the coast about 16 km east of (modern Palermo). It lay 183 meters above sea level, on Monte Catalfano, in a naturally strong situation, and commanding a view. The date of its founding is unknown. Solus was one of the few colonies the Phoenicians held when they withdrew before the Greeks to the northwest corner of the island. Together with and Motya, it allied with . Dionysius took the city in 396 B.C., but it soon broke away again to . In 307 B.C. it was given to the soldiers and mercenaries of Agathocles, who had made peace with after he abandoned them in . In the First Punic War, Solus opened its gates to only after fell. Under it was a municipal town of no great importance, scarcely mentioned by . It was noticed by Pliny and Ptolemy, and later. Its destruction probably dates from the time of the Saracens.|