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Classical Stater of ThuriumClassical
450 BCE - 400 BCE
7/16 x 7/16 x 1/16 in. (1.1 x 1.1 x 0.1 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.1909
Other Number(s): 1977.3 (Long No.)
Geography: Europe, Italy (Thurium, Thurii, Thurion)
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Collection: Charlotte Rider Long Collection
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
Animalia*, Athena, Attic helmets*, bulls*, coins*, fish*, Heroes and Myth, silver*, staters*, Strigiformes*
- Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- Attic helmets - Helmets used in Greece from about the mid-6th century BCE on, consisting of a skull with a short neck guard and two movable cheekpieces hinged to the skull. They were often highly decorated and surmounted by an elaborate crest.
- bulls - Adult males of cattle, oxen, bison, camel, moose, walrus, whale, seal, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, giraffe, elephant, dolphin, and other animals.
- coins - Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
- fish - General term referring to animals from several evolutionary lines and thus not properly a taxonomic group. The term refers to aquatic animals found in the fresh and salt waters all over the world, characterized by being cold-blooded, living and breathing primarily in the water throughout their lives, possessing gill slits, a notochord or skeletal supporting rod, a dorsal hollow nerve cord, a tail, scales covering the body, and two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Living species range from the primitive jawless lampreys and hagfishes through the jawed fishes with cartilaginous skeletons such as sharks, skates, and rays to the abundant and diverse bony fishes.
- Heroes and Myth
- silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.
- staters - Refers to any of various electrum, gold, or silver coins primarily of the East Greek world in use from the 6th to the late 3rd century BCE.
- Strigiformes - Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.
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