Macedonia, under the Romans, AE27.KOINON MAKEDON, Alexander riding his horse Bucephalus

Ancient Coins - Macedonia, under the Romans, AE27.KOINON MAKEDON, Alexander riding his horse Bucephalus
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Macedonia, under the Romans, AE27. 3rd Century AD Koinon issue of Macedonia. ALEXANDROU, Alexander The Great in lionskin headdress and horn of Ammon right / KOINON MAKEDONWN B NEW, Alexander riding his horse Bucephalus left, spearing lion. Moushmov 7227. No.2086. Fine. Scarce type.

It is interesting to note that at the time of Alexander people used only bridles and cloths laid over their horses' backs to ride; leather saddles or stirrups were not in use at the time. Despite the fact that they had little tack to make riding comfortable, Alexander and Bucephalus rode thousands of miles and fought in many battles together.


Detail from the Alexander mosaic
From the House of the Faun, Pompeii, c. 80 B.C.
National Archaeologic Museum, Naples, Italy

The king's stallion died of battle wounds in June of 326 B.C., in Alexander's last great battle on the left bank of the Hydaspes. He founded two cities there, Alexandria Nicaea (to celebrate his victory) and Bucephala (modern Jhelum), named after Bucephalus. For his beloved horse, Alexander held a generous funeral, which he himself led. Alexander knew that it was with the help of his wonderful horse Bucephalus, that he had become Alexander the Great. After all, Alexander viewed his Bucephalus like his hero Achilles viewed his horses, who said they were known to "excel all others - for they are immortal; Poseidon gave them to my father Peleus, who in his turn gave them to myself" (Homer, The Illiad, Book XXIII).

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