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Laodiceia ad Lycum, Phrygia

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Phrygia, Laodikeia ad Lykos

AE 15, 4.55g. magistrate: Zeuxis Philalethes.  c.15 B.C. Bare head of Augustus to right; lituus behind.   Rev. Serpent staff of Asklepios.    RPC 1, 2895. SNG von Aulock 3837; small scrape in hair.   Dark brown patina.

The magistrate Zeuxis Philalethes is most likely the physician who founded a school of medicine at the temple of Men Karou outside of Laodikeia as mentioned by his contemporary Strabo(Geog.12,88, 50.)  During Starbo's lifetime, there were two directors of the medical school, Zeuxis and Alexander Philalethes.  The reverse type with the serpent staff of Asklepios further supports the association.  (See: Ramsay, Cities and Bishoprics of Phrygia,  p. 52.)

Provenance/Pedigree:

Ex: Peter Weiss, Kiel Germany, collected 1967-2015. 
Ex: Gorny and Mosch, Munich, Auction 276, April 19,2021, lot 388.

 

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about Extremely Fine/Extremely Fine $1,000.00
Phrygia, Laodikea ad Lycum. Philip II, 247-249
 AE 32.  17.73g.   Draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II to right.  Rev. Zeus of Laodikea with scepter and eagle facing Tyche with cornucopia and rudder.  SNG von Aulock 3865(dies)).   RPC on line 20767(this coin illustrated); a few light marks on cheek and edge.  Attractive tan patina and scarce.
 
Provenance/Pedigrees:
 Ex: Gorny and Mosch 215, Oct. 13, 2013, lot 338
Ex: Rauch, Auction 90, June 4, 2012, lot 744
 
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Extremely Fine/about Extremely Fine $2,500.00

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