Sulla80 Posted May 29, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted May 29, 2022 (edited) Once you get off the beaten path of Athens, Rome, Alexandria, Carthage, a few other major cities - ancient coins are often from places where I've had to ask : where the heck is that? For example: Where is Phrygian Κιβύρα (Kibyra)? Having access to The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World can be helpful, although you do have to find it under Cibyra and there is another Kibyra (Kibyra Mikra) that is not the same place. Once you find it on the map - this picture isn't exactly sufficient to know where in the world this is. So here's a little more context from The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923 : Cibyra. (the south western part of modern turkey shown with Cyprus in bottom right) Strabo is always good for a comment on people and geography: "It is said that the Cibyratae are descendants of the Lydians who took possession of Cabalis, and later of the neighboring Pisidians, who settled there and transferred the city to another site, a site very strongly fortified and about one hundred stadia in circuit. It grew strong through its good laws; and its villages extended alongside it from Pisidia and the neighboring Milyas as far as Lycia and the Peraea of the Rhodians." - Strabo, Geography, XIII.4.17 And at last the coin from Kibyra, a coin of Gordian III. Phrygia, Kibyra, Gordian III (238-244), AE(21.5 mm 6.09g)Obv: A K M AN ΓOPΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the rear.Rev: KIBYPATΩN, eagle standing facing with open wings standing on caduceus, head left Ref: RPC VII.1 665 Some time late 2nd to early 3rd century AD a Roman stadium was built in Kybira. Building materials were conserved by building the seating into a natural slope. The stadium woudl have been used for both sporting events, gladitorial fights, and venationes (contest between wild beasts or men and wild beasts). It could seat ~10,000 people - a sizable ancient stadium. Excavation began in AD 2006. Image from Dökü, F. E.,Kaya, M. C. "The Architecture and Function of the Stadium of Kibyra". Adalya (2013): 177-201. Some other notes on Kibyra and provincial corruption during the time of the Roman republic can be found at http://sullacoins.com. Post your coins from places that you would not have encountered without an ancient coin. Edited May 29, 2022 by Sulla80 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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