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.
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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…
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.
In the 3th cent., Asia Minor was famine-stricken. The city of Tarsus scored a coup that made the emperor leave the grain necessary for survival to it at a cheap rate. A coin tells of how that was achieved.
A comparison between a statue of Aphrodite found at Beth Shean and a coin type from the mint of Ptolemais reminds us of the realistic nature of statues appearing on city coins.
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