Ryro Posted November 8, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted November 8, 2022 (edited) The story goes that Philip II was crazy about Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, above all his other wives, lovers and youths. However, when he catches her in bed, take it as you will, with a snake and was so freaked out he wouldn't sleep with her anymore. So few Greek coins and images survive of one of the most important women from antiquity. But thanks to the Macedonians under Roman rule, some 500 years after her death we do have an image of her. Here Olympias is playing with the snake! Time of Gordian III. Type G: Alexander with diadem and ram horn. 11,28 g. 26 mm Obv.: ΑΛƐΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ; diademed head of Alexander the Great, r., with hanging hair and ram horn. Rev.: ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΜΑΚƐΔΟΝΩΝ ΔΙϹ ΝƐΩ; Olympias as Hygieia seated l., feeding serpent from patera, resting on throne. VF, RPC VII.2, 308. Rare. Purchased from Fitz Nov 2022 If you have any coins with Olympias, ancient women, ATG or anything else please feel free to add. Edited November 8, 2022 by Ryro 17 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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