Hesiod Posted June 22, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 22, 2022 Cilicia, Tarsos. AR Tetrobol. 425-400 BC. Bellerophon riding Pegasus running right, brandishing trident overhead in left hand above dotted exergue line; bordered by dots; persian dynastic symbol (perhaps representing Tarsos?) below. / Same as obverse, but with Pegasus rearing, and no exergue lines. Unpublished in the standard references, for type cf Baldwins 34, 214 = Baldwins 37, 725. For stater variant, CF Nomos 18, 203; Roma 2, 344; Roma 16, 331. Extremely Rare. There are several different rare issues from Tarsos featuring Bellerophon, referencing one of the foundation myths of the city. In the myth, Bellerophon was one of the most famed kings alive, blessed by the gods with perpetual success and the right to ride the celestial Pegasus. The fame and success contributed to his hubris. After his triumphs over the Chimera, Solymni, Amazons, Carian pirates, and his hosts' army, he thought himself a god and attempted to fly into Mount Olympus. Zeus sent a gadfly to bite his mount, crippling Bellerophon when he landed on the ground. Tarsos was his landing point, and where his foot was injured; thus the city was named tar-sos (τᾰρσός) after the injury on the flat of his foot. Some versions of the legend has Bellerophon going through various cities in what is now Southern Turkey, and there are small issues of Bellerophon coins from other mints reflecting that fact. Please, share your coins of Tarsus here, or whatever you feel is relevant. Been a bit busy recently so haven't had time to photograph these coins and do write-ups, will try to get back into a more regular cadence. 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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