Athens, , , c. 140 - 175 A.D.
Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to to be devoured by the , a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. , son of Aigeus, the of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to , , Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of to him find his way out of the Labyrinth. promised that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the , followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. told to leave and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.GB77873. Bronze , p. 105, 764; 341; , pl. 96, 1; 276, aF, corrosion, 7.132 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; helmeted of right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; AΘHNAIΩN, right, preparing to slay the , nude, planting knee on the back of , raising club in his right hand, a horn of the in his left hand, the falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex (Antioch Associates); very ; $450.00 (Ä400.50)
Athens, , , c. 125 - 175 A.D.
After defeating Athens, Minos of demanded that, at seven-year intervals, seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls must be sent to to be devoured by the , a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth created by Daedalus. On the third occasion, volunteered to slay the monster and took the place of one of the youths. Minos' daughter , out of love for , gave him a ball of string so he could find his way out. Following Daedalus' instructions given to ; go forwards, always down and never left or right, came to the heart of the Labyrinth and upon the sleeping . He overpowered the and slit the beast's throat. He used the string to escape the Labyrinth and escaped with all of the young Athenians and .GB73382. Bronze AE 11,
240; 378; p. 107, 779 - 781, aVF, 1.681 g, maximum 11.3 mm, 180o, Athens mint, c. 125 - 175 A.D.; of right, club over shoulder; , AΘH counterclockwise starting above center; ex CNG e-auction 341, lot 166; ex Antioch Associates (30 May 1998); ex ; ; SOLD
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