Ryro Posted July 7, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted July 7, 2022 (edited) While I'm waiting on some exciting coins to do write ups on in the mail, I thought it would be fun for us to share which ancient King/Emperor/ruler do you identify with most. NOT who you wish you could be, but following your life's trajectory, your personality, temperament etc do you most feel that you are like. As much as I'd love to say, Alcibiades to this question, *whimpers reminiscing of wilder times passed, though I'm a bit of a nomad, I've yet to knocked up a Spartan queen. That and while he was moving around, aside for when he was with the Spartans, he was staying with kings and satraps (I was staying in apartments, trailer parks and the like, 22 different "homes" by the time I was 20). My life has been a run of conquering everything around me or utter failure and then trucking along until my next adventure came along. It's kinda my jam. If I get beat up, kicked out or fired I pick up the pieces and move on. So, I'm going with Pyrrhos King of Epiros. Like me, the guy was on the move ever since he was a baby! Though, he was forced to flee Epiros in a truly dramatic fight due to enemies of his family coming to kill the infant, narrowly escaping them with his nurse carrying him across a raging river! He has been described as the most handsome man since, his first cousin once removed, Alexander The Great. Though, according to Plutarch "In the aspect of his countenance Pyrrhus had more of the terror than of the majesty of kingly power. He had not many teeth, but his upper jaw was one continuous bone, on which the usual intervals between the teeth were indicated by slight depressions." Thick lips, perfect nose lol, great head of hair and an upper jaw that was just one long tooth. Check, check, checkity check and check! 😉 Throughout his life Pyrrhos was King of Epiros, Macedon, the Molossians and tyrant of Tarentum (just found the name of my metal group) and Syracuse! He also nearly conquered Athens and defeated the Romans in 2 of 3 or 1 of 3 engagements. Due to the mass of reserves Rome had in its provinces they were always able to recover quickly from a loss. This and their methodical killing machine known as the Phalanx, would lead Pyrrhos to utter the words that would stay with his name through the ages. As one of his generals was congratulating him on a victory against the Romans, looking at the cost it had on his army, Pyrrhos was supposed to have said: Hopefully my end won't be so utterly absurd. While engaged in street fighting in a town he'd besieged, supposedly one of the soldiers he was fighting against grandmothers dropped a large tile on top of his head from high above. It is believed this knocked him out giving his enemies a chance to cut off his head, or even more embarrassing it was also said that his own men in the confusion slew him while unconscious for his enemies to severe his head later. Thankfully, unlike Alcibiades, Pyrrhos left us a treasure trove of coinage! Here's a hair of the dog: (Note the retrograde Greek spelling of King on this one) Pyrrhos (of Epiros) 287-285 BC and 274-273 BC. Æ 18mm (3.17 g, 8h). Uncertain Macedonian mint. Macedonian shield with monogram of Pyrrhos in central boss / BAΣI and Pyrrhic monogram retrograde, Macedonian helmet; labrys below; all within oak-wreath. SNG Alpha Bank 971. VF, green patina, a little porous. Very rare Former: Savoca Pyrrhos of Epiros as King of Macedon (287-285 and 274-273 BC). AE17 (4.81 g), Macedonian mint. Obv. Macedonian shield with king´s monogram on boss. Rev: BAΣI, Macedonian helmet within oak wreath, star below. SNG Alpha Bank 971. Pyrrhus (278-276 BCE) Sicily, Syracuse, AE 23mm 10.25 gr, head of young Herakles left, wearing lion's skin, rev. Athena Promachos advancing right w/owl to right of foot (SNG ANS 852), attractive smooth green patina, good very fine SICILY, Syracuse Pyrrhos. 278-276 BC. Æ Litra 21mm. Head of Herakles left, wearing lion skin; [cornucopia behind] / Athena Promachos right; wreath to left. Pyrrhus EPIRUS. AMBRAKIA. Kings of Epirus., 297-272 BCE AE (5.15g, 20 mm). Obv .: Head of Zeus left Reverse: lightening bundle in oak wreath between B and Pyrrhus monogram. SNG Cop. 102; BMC 44; HGC 3.1 271. So please tell us who do you identify with? Edited July 8, 2022 by Ryro 15 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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