Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

A relief with Epona, a Celtic goddess, patroness of horses. The worship of Epona was probably introduced to Thessaloniki by Emperor Galerius who was descended from a region along the Danube. This relief is the only evidence of Epona’s cult in Macedonia.

(4th century A.D)

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Cassandra - Macedonia - Greece

Thessalonike  was a Macedonian princess, the daughter of king Philip II of Macedon by his Thessalian wife or concubine, Nicesipolis, from Pherae. History links her to three of the most powerful men in Macedon daughter of King Philip II, half sister of Alexander the Great and wife of Cassander. There exists a popular Greek legend which talks about a mermaid who lived in the Aegean for hundreds of years who was thought to be Thessalonike. The legend states that Alexander, in his quest for the Fountain of Immortality, retrieved with great exertion a flask of immortal water with which he bathed his sister’s hair. When Alexander died his grief-stricken sister attempted to end her life by jumping into the sea. Instead of drowning, however, she became a mermaid passing judgment on mariners throughout the centuries and across the seven seas.

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Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

Torso of a male wearing cuirass (2nd century A.D). The cuirass is decorated with a gorgoneion, nereids riding on sea monsters and dolphis.

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

Ariadne resting at Naxos. This mosaic is the central composition found in the main room of a wealthy Roman residence. The entire scene depicts the arrival of Dionysus at Naxos and the discovery of Ariadne, a popular theme for mosaics.

(200-250 A.D)

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Nearly mint state tetradrachm of Alexander III the Great, minted in Pella, Macedon c. 323-315 BC

This coin shows the head of Herakles right, wearing lion’s skin headress. On the reverse  AΛEΞANΔPOY inscription with Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in left field, bee atop a rose.

The ruins of Pella are located in the current Pella regional unit of Central Macedonia in Greece. The city was founded in 399 BC by King Archelaus (413–399 BC) as the capital of his kingdom, replacing the older palace-city of Aigai. After this, it was the seat of the king Philip II and of Alexander III (the Great), his son. In 168 BC, it was sacked by the Romans, and its treasury transported to Rome. Later, the city was destroyed by an earthquake and eventually was rebuilt over its ruins. By 180 AD, Lucian could describe it in passing as “now insignificant, with very few inhabitants.”

Pella is first mentioned by Herodotus of Halicarnassus (VII, 123) in relation to Xerxes’ campaign and by Thucydides (II, 99,4 and 100,4) in relation to Macedonian expansion and the war against Sitalces, the king of the Thracians. According to Xenophon, in the beginning of the 4th century BC, it was the largest Macedonian city. It attracted Greek artists such the painter Zeuxis, the poet Timotheus of Miletus and the tragic author Euripides who finished his days there writing and producing Archelaus.

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Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

Another example of ancient Macedonian funerary painting. This cist-grave found intact has been decorated with painted garlands and architectural elements. The remains of a woman were found inside. She had been adorned with all her jewellery and rich grave offerings were arrayed around her.

Found during rescue excavations in the military airport of Sedes, in 1938.

(320-300 B.C)

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Ancient Amphipolis Kasta Tumulus,Serres region,Macedonia,Greece.

Αρχαία Αμφίπολη Τύμβος Καστά,περιφέρεια Σερρών,Μακεδονία.

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