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Sikyon c 360-340/30 BC
Ancient Sikyon (Σικυών) was a northern Peloponnesian city in the northern between Korinth and Achaea and is about 3 kilometers south of the Korinthian Gulf. During the Persian Wars the Sikyonians fought in the Battle of Mycale in September 479 BC and they lost more men than any other city. In the 5th century BC, Sikyon and their neighbor Korinth, suffered from the commercial rivalry of Athens in the western seas and both these cities sided with Sparta against Athens during the Peloponnesian War. Early in the 4th century Sikyon sided with Sparta in the Korinthian war. In 369 BC Sikyon was seized by the Thebans in their successful attack on the Peloponnesian League. Under the Thebans Sykyon reaches its pinnacle as a center of fine art under the painter Eupompos who taught the great masters Pamphilos and Apelles while its sculpture school educated Lysippos, the personal sculptor of Alexander the Great. (Lysippos, Scopas and Praxiteles are the three greatest sculptors of the Classical Greece). From 368 to 323 BC Sikyon was controlled by Thebes until conquered by Macedon. Obverse settling dove. Reverse flying dove with a Σ above its tail
Mint: Sikyon
Provenance: Private acquisition ex HJB Mobility III Sep 18, 2015 LOT 67

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