Macedonia, Neapolis. c. 500-480 BC

Macedonia, Neapolis. c. 500-480 BC


AR Trihemiobol, 0.94g (8mm). Gorgoneion facing / Quadripartite incuse square.

Pedigree: From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection

References: SNG ANS 424. Weber 1806

Grade: A bit porous but extremely pleasant strike and nicely centered. VF (gk1274 )

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Neapolis, which translates into “new city”, was founded in about 600 BC by inhabitants of nearby Cumae and Pithecusa. Historically Neapolis was seen as a strong Grecian city which provided a quiet, harmonious refuge from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. Apparently the influence of Hellenism was so strong that it maintained use of the Greek language within the city until Roman domination in the 4th century AD.