Thrace, Maroneia, Bronze Coin

Date: 400 - 350 BCE

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Origin: These hammered bronze units from Maroneia, Thrace feature a horse prancing right on the obverse side and a linear square surrounding grape vines on the reverse. Maroneia had strong cultural ties to wine and was famous for its wine production, praised as having the “odor of nectar." Euripides portrayed the founding of the city by Maron, a priest of Apollo and son of Dionysus, the god of wine. Foundations dating back to the 4th century BC of a sanctuary to Dionysus can still be seen in the city today.

Each coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Map of Thrace showing Maroneia
Map: The city of Maroneia is marked with a yellow marker, while the ancient region of Thrace is shaded in black.

More on Maroneia

Maroneia was also the birthplace of a notable Cynic philosopher, Hipparchia of Maroneia. Hipparchia traveled to Athens to become a pupil of Crates of Thebes. Hipparchia fell in love with her instructor, and threatened to kill herself if her parents forbade her to marry him.

Hipparchia is one of very few known, named women of philosophy, and the only woman included in Diogenes Laertius’ Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers. Hipparchia lived equal to her husband, wore men’s clothing and embraced the lifestyle of the Cynics. While very little of her writing has survived, Hipparchia’s and her relationship may have gone on to influence the ideas of love, sex and gender through the Cynic and Stoic philosophies. 

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