Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Medaillon of Queen Olympia

A golden medal with depiction of Olympia, mother of Alexander III of Macedon, founded at Abukir, Egypt in 1903.

Obverse: Gold medallion depicting Queen Olympias, wife of king of Macedonia, Philip II, mother of Alexander the Great.

Reverse: Nereid riding on Poseidon with trident, on a fantastic sea creature.

Archaeologists believe that these medals were awarded to the victors in the Olympic Games which survived during the Roman period in Macedonia cities such as Veria.

These Games, known as the Alexandrian Olympics, were held in honour of the Roman emperors who visited the cities of Macedonia.

Original belongs to Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.


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