Thursday, 6 September 2018

Ancient Masterpiece – Kamarina

The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, was tumultuous. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. Kamarina began striking tetradrachms around 425 BCE and the result was spectacular.

The obverse depicts a Syracuse galloping quadriga with Nike flying left, with the reverse illustrating a powerful head of Heracles wearing the skin of the Nemean lion.
This issue continued until 405 BCE when Carthage attacked Kamarina and Gela, and the populations of both of these cities fled to Syracuse for protection