The Types of Greek Coins; An Archaeological Essay

The Types of Greek Coins; An Archaeological Essay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...type of a tetradrachm is a four-horse chariot, of a didrachm a horseman leading a second horse, of a drachm a horseman on one horse merely. We might at first be inclined to doubt the assertion that there are four horses to the chariots on Nos. 10, 34, 35, 36, and two horses on No. 11 of our plate. This introduces us to a curious convention practised in the depicting of chariots in Sicily. From early times until about B. c. 420 the artists who had to engrave a chariot indicated two horses clearly, and the remaining two merely by doubling the front outlines of the two already depicted. When a pair of animals only had to be represented, as in the case of the apene, No. 37, or the horseman with two horses, No. 11, only n. 37, n. one annual was fully drawn and the second indicated by a doubling of outline. Now and then an unusually bold artist, such as the engraver of the Demareteion, No. 32, broke through the convention, and tried to get in either the full number of animals, or at least one more than the usual number; but the old custom soon revived, and lasted even into the period of best art. The engraver who 1 01. 4. Tlns victory is given to B. C. 452. cut No. 37 could certainly easily have depicted a pair of mules if he had been disposed; so could the engraver of our pl. vi. No. 24, hut they preferred the established usage. Over the victorious chariot Victory sometimes soars like a bird, and sometimes runs with outspread wings. The latter of these attitudes seems the older and it admits of more variety. It is interesting to contrast the earliest n. 10,37. running Nike of our plate, No. 10, with the latest, No. 37. In No. 10 the Goddess hurries with swinging arms and stretched legs which are clearly seen through her chiton. She wears an over...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236531590
  • 9781236531599