AIOLIS ELAIA bronze 2nd century BC


AIOLIS, ELAIA, minor, no date (2nd century BC), Obverse: head of Demeter R, Reverse: torch in wreath, ΕΛΑΙΤΩΝ, bronze, 16-18mm, 3.38g, SG4206, BMC21, F

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Elaia was a port city associated with the larger city of Pergamon.

Aiolis (Aeolis) was a region of western and northwestern Asia Minor. In the 7th century BC a league of twelve cities was formed. Most of the region was conquered by Croesus of Lydia, then successively by Persians, Macedonians, Seleukids, Pergamenes, and Romans.

We think that our culture grew out of the culture of Greece because it was in Greece (and in China) that people started thinking about how things could be different than they were in a world where everything was dangerous and might made right. They also established principles of artistic expression that we still use today. We see this approach to art in their coins.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.