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The first section, “The Dodecatheon”, is dedicated to the Olympian deities.

The heads of the gods and goddesses as well as their attributes (e.g. owl, thunderbolt, etc.) adorn the obverse or the reverse of coins issued by ancient cities and kingdoms. The colossal marble head of Zeus from Aigeira in Achaia or the bronze statuette of the father of the gods brandishing the thunderbolt are exhibited beside bronze coins of Elis or Messene that bear the same iconographic theme.

 

Zeus

Zeus, has been the most revered deity in the Greek world, father of men and gods, superior and mightiest among them.


Head of a colossal statue of Zeus,
second half of the 2nd cent. BC
Athens, National Archaeological Museum 3377

Philip II of Macedonia,
silver tetradrachm, 359-336 BC
Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection 5482

 
 

Artemis

Artemis is the goddess of hunting, wild nature and fauna. She embodies the innocent, free and independent young woman who lives in nature occupied mainly with hunting. She also protects women who are in childbirth.

Statuette of Artemis performing a libation, early Hellenistic times
Athens, National Archaeological Museum Χ 16790

Suracuse, silver tetradrachm, 214-212 BC
Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection 7541

 
 

Dionysus

Dionysusis the god of wine, vines, fertility and vegetation
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Head of Dionysus, 1st century AD
Athens, National Archaeological Museum 3478

Head of Dionysus,
Naxos-Sicily, silver tetradrachm, ca 460 BC
Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection 9901

 
   
     
                    
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