ambr0zie Posted July 1, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 1, 2022 (edited) I participated today in an auction. My funds are severely low and a vacation is knocking on the door, but I felt the need for a few new coins. You know the feeling ... But for this auction, the competition was on their toes. Usually I manage to get 1-2 major targets and a few snacks but today no, sir. All the coins I was chasing were lost, even those where my bids were reasonable. So I got annoyed for wasting a few hours (on the train) so decided to get at least 2-3 coins. Won 2 Geta good provincials I might post in the future (not bad, especially since I have no Geta imperials). But this was, for me, the biggest surprise in recent auctions. Not something fabulous, but I think some colleagues, including @Marsyas Mike, will like it. PHRYGIA. Apameia. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Assarion. 4.57g 18mm. Time of the Severans, 193-235. ΔHMOC, Bearded and draped bust of the Demos to right / AΠAMЄΩN, Marsyas advancing right, playing double flute (aulos) Leypold, Vol. II, p. 30, 1441; Martin, Demos Vol. 2, p. 158, Apameia 22; SNG Copenhagen 200. A new city, a coin with a reverse I like (somebody playing a musical instrument) and overall pleasant - I don't think I can ask for more for the exorbitant price of 5 EUR. About the reverse character, from wiki page. Marsyas was an expert player on the double-piped double reed instrument known as the aulos. The dithyrambic poet Melanippides of Melos (c. 480 – 430 BC) embellished the story in his dithyramb Marsyas, claiming that the goddess Athena, who was already said to have invented the aulos, once looked in the mirror while she was playing it and saw how blowing into it puffed up her cheeks and made her look silly, so she threw the aulos away and cursed it so that whoever picked it up would meet an awful death. Marsyas picked up the aulos and was later killed by Apollo for his hubris. The fifth-century BC poet Telestes doubted that virginal Athena could have been motivated by such vanity. Some account informs about the curse placed on the bearer of the flute, i.e; Athena placed a curse that the one picking up the flute would be severely punished. Later, however, Melanippides's story became accepted as canonical and the Athenian sculptor Myron created a group of bronze sculptures based on it, which was installed before the western front of the Parthenon in around 440 BC.In the second century AD, the travel writer Pausanias saw this set of sculptures and described it as "a statue of Athena striking Marsyas the Silenos for taking up the flutes [aulos] that the goddess wished to be cast away for good." Please post pseudo autonomous coins, coins with musical instruments players, very cheap coins or whatever you feel relevant! Edited July 1, 2022 by ambr0zie 14 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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