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Homer

Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins Homerium.


Smyrna, Ionia, c. 145 - 125 B.C.

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Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins, this very type, Homerium.
GB78000. Bronze Homerium, Milne Smyrna 183a; SNG Cop 1140; BMC Ionia, p. 245, 93; SNGvA 2167; SNG Tub 3175, aF, corrosion, weight 9.208 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, c. 145 - 125 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΣMYPNAIΩN, Homer seated left in himation, right hand raised to chin, left holding volume on his knees, uncertain magistrate's name downward on left, Π outer left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $32.00 (Ä28.48)


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.

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Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins, this very type, Homerium.
SH66268. Bronze Homerium, BMC Ionia, p. 244, 84; SGCV II 4572, VF, weight 7.921 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse IMYPNAIΩN, Homer seated left in himation, right hand raised to chin, left holding volume on his knees, transverse staff behind, magistrate's name HPAKΛEI∆HΣ and monogram on left; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd Century B.C.

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Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smyrna was one of several cities that claimed to be the birthplace of the poet and at the source of the Meles River was a cave where the residents claimed he composed his poems. The city had a temple with a square portico in honor of Homer, which they called the Homerium. According to Strabo, they also called their bronze coins, this very type, Homerium.
SH66578. Bronze Homerium, cf. SNG Cop 1127 ff.; SNG Tub 3175 ff.; BMC Ionia, p. 244, 79 ff.; SNGvA 2167; SGCV II 4572 (all different magistrates), VF, green patina, flan adjustment marks, weight 8.091 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΣMYPNAIΩN, Homer seated left in himation, right hand raised to chin, left holding volume on his knees, magistrate's name ∆IO∆POΣ / ΦANAΓOPOΣ (or similar, magistrate name) on left; SOLD







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