Benefactor kirispupis Posted February 10 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted February 10 Way before Captain America tangled with terror, there was Achilles, son of a sea nymph and a king. Although a large mouse corporation will attempt to insist they own the copyright, it was Achilles who first started the Avengers, as is evidenced by this ancient coin. Troas. Achilleion/Achaion circa 350-300 BCE Æ 10 mm, 0,97 g Crested helmet left Civic monogram SNG Ashmolean –; SNG Copenhagen 64 Ex Savoca These relatively rare bronzes clearly show the ancient Avengers logo. Where exactly they were minted is still debated, with most attributions stating a small town in the Troad where Achilles' tomb was located. Recent studies have offered another town called Achaion. For this debate, it doesn't matter, since the coin clearly demonstrates the Avengers logo and proves that Achilles was truly an Avenger. Indeed, Achilles was a major hero in those days along with his Robin-like sidekick Patroklos. Together, they pillaged their way across the Troad until Patroklos was killed in a case of mistaken identity by Hector, which led Achilles to kill the Trojan hero in retribution and drag his body from a chariot around Troy. After that, everyone was merry and sat around the camp fire singing songs while Hector's body was incinerated. Here's another coin with an image of Achilles. Thessaly, Peuma Circa 302-286 BCE Æ 2.23g, 12mm, 3h Wreathed head of Achilles to right AX monogram, to right, Phrygian helmet; ΠΕΥΜΑΤΙΩ[Ν] around. BCD Thessaly I 1248; BCD Thessaly II 564-5 var. (arrangement of ethnic); HGC 4, 25. Ex J. Greiff Collection Ex Roma Let's see your Achilles coins! 9 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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