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19/05/2008

Argos, Silver Drachma, about 370-350 B.C.

Municipality of Argos

Front side: Head of Hera wearing a chaplet, decorated with flowers, to the right. It is a piece of work of refined art, which had been probably created by a carver of the school of Heleia, beside the fact that Argos had a big tradition in sculpture and this coin could had been minted by an indigenous artificer.
Back side The Homeric hero Diomedes is depicted, walking to the right, holding the Palladium of Troy in his left hand and a sword in the right. The epigraph: “ΑΡΓΕΙΩΝ”.
The carver, with a great adroitness and artistic sensitivity, attributed the light gait of the hero, who looks like he is running, while his chlamys is streaming backwards. This coin percolates a legend, a mythological scene, which is especially beloved to the Argeians. Pausanias mentions that Diomedes brought the Palladium from Ilion (P 23, 5).





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