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From Greek Mythology—Rare
Printed Auction 42 Lot 78

CRETE. Gortyna. Circa 98/6-94 B.C. AR drachm. 3.15 gm. 16 mm. Bearded head of Minos right, without diadem / Apollo seated left on rocks, resting hand on knee and holding bow and arrow; ΓΟΡΤ-ΥΝΙΩ-Γ. Svoronos, Numismatique 175 var. SNG Copenhagen 449. Near Extremely Fine; well centered and struck; rich old iridescent toning. Rare.

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The legendary King Minos of Crete ruled from Knossos during the Minoan Civilization, first advanced civilization in Europe and center of the Greek world before Athens. Son of Zeus and Europa, Minos fathered the Minotaur, the monstrous half-man half-bull, then, terrified, had him imprisoned in the Labyrinth. In retaliation for the death of his son in Athens, he had seven young Athenian boys and seven young girls sacrificed every seven years, feeding them to the Minotaur.

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