Octopus Roundel from a Greek Magna greece Syracuse coin - terracotta

Octopus Roundel from a Greek Magna greece Syracuse coin - terracotta



Hand made by US.
This roundel is part of a series of roundels inspired by the wonderful ancient Greek coins.
(Bas-relief sculpture on a piece of round stone.)
Freely reproduced by a Silver Litra of Syracuse, Sicily, struck c. 466-460 BC
On the reverse is an octopus.  Hand made in terracotta.

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Manufacturing Recuperando srl
Material Terracotta

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Syracuse is a historic city in Sicily, the capital of the province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea.
The city was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans[4] and became a very powerful city-state. Syracuse was allied with Sparta and Corinth and exerted influence over the entirety of Magna Graecia, of which it was the most important city. Described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. It later became part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire. After this Palermo overtook it in importance, as the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily. Eventually the kingdom would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860.
In the modern day, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. In the central area, the city itself has a population of around 125,000 people. The inhabitants are known as Siracusans. Syracuse is mentioned in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles book at 28:12 as Paul stayed there. The patron saint of the city is Saint Lucy; she was born in Syracuse and her feast day, Saint Lucy's Day, is celebrated on 13 December.che Syrakousai strinse con Sparta.
La polis visse oltre mezzo millennio da protagonista del suo tempo, fino alla conquista da parte di Roma, avvenuta nel 212 a.C. dopo un lungo assedio. Fu una delle ultime poleis di Sicilia a cadere sotto il dominio romano.
Tra i suoi abitanti illustri, va ricordato Archimede, matematico antico siracusano che con le sue geniali invenzioni e scoperte diede il suo contributo fondamentale al corso della storia scientifica.
Gli storici sono concordi nell'affermare che Syrakousai fu la più grande metropoli del mondo greco antico.


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