On 22nd March 2021, Künker will be auctioning off an extensive collection of coins of Roman Alexandria. Among them are 14 specimens of the zodiac series of Antoninus Pius. These pieces tell us something about how we know when events took place in ancient history.
Join us on our trip through the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. This episode is about Caracalla’s bloody visit to Alexandria and the turbulent 3rd century when Alexandria became a divided city.
Join us on our trip through the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. Today we will have a look at the coins of Antoninus Pius with their astrological-astronomical background and the following time which was a difficult one for Alexandria.
Join us on our trip through the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. Today’s episode focuses on the conflict between the Jews and the Greeks in Alexandria.
Join us on our trip through the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. Today you will learn how the Ptolemies managed to get rich thanks to their coins, and how the Jews figured into it.
Sex sells. That is common knowledge to the yellow press and tour guides alike, as early as ancient times. Already the Corinthians cashed in on that and promoted a tourist attraction of a particular kind: the tomb of the famous courtesan Laïs…
You are one of those people who believe than there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy? Well, you are in accordance with a deep-seated tradition and can appeal to the fact that already in antiquity there were people who thought the same as you. ..
On his visit to Ephesus, St. Paul was in imminent danger to be lynched. Why was it that the Ephesians felt so threatened by this herald of a new god? Were they more pious than other Greeks? They were, in a way, since they lived on their religion…
Sailors faced many dangers. But the superstitious people found a way to deal with that, and many deities and animals assisted the humans on the sea. A coin from Kyzikos tells of all this, a coin minted on the visit of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
You believe that Paris abducted Helena? Which was why the Greek destroyed Troy? What if it was completely different? The later Trojans in Roman Imperial Times adhered to an entirely different version of the story – and so they celebrated their hero Hector on their coins.
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