BOEOTIA, Thebes. c. 395-338 BC. AR Stater

Ancient Coins - BOEOTIA, Thebes. c. 395-338 BC. AR Stater
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BOEOTIA, Thebes. c. 395-338 BC. AR Stater, 12.16g (22mm, 11h). Diok-, magistrate. Boeotian shield / Amphora; ΔI-OK across field; all within incuse concave circle.

References: BMC 132. BCD Boeotia 550. Head, Boeotia 64. HGC 4, 1334

Grade: Nice large flan and nicely centered obverse. Reverse is o/c and has some overall wear. EF/VF

Price: $700


Thebes was the strongest member and leader of the Boeotian League, a group of sovereign states in Boeotia starting in c. 550 BC. This strength was squashed when the Boeotians opted to side with the Persians and were then defeated by the Athenians in 480 and 470 BC. Until 446 BC, the Boeotians were under Athenian domination until they formed an alliance with yet another Greek adversary, Sparta. During the Corinthian War (395-387 BC) the League then fought against the Spartans who in turn were provided support by the earlier allies of the Boeotians, the Persians. Eventually in 379 BC, the Boeotians and the Athenians even allied themselves with one another to defeat the Spartans. Boeotia remained weak until its final fall with the rise of the Macedonian King Alexander III, the Great.

As one might surmise, the alliances were very arbitrary over the years. In a time when strength was what set men apart the prospect of winning battles and choosing someone to fight alongside was of the utmost importance.

Price SKU: gk1301
US$ 700.00
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