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Tetradrachm from Herakleia ad Latmon, Ionia, C. 140-135 BC

Stephanophoric type. Head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos above the foreparts of five galloping horses / Herakles’ club; HPAKΛEΩTΩN above; below, Nike walking left, holding wreath in right hand, flanked by two monograms; all within oak wreath.

With the collapse of Seleukid authority in Asia Minor in 189 BC, many communities of northwestern Asia Minor celebrated their liberation from regal authority by issuing series of large and impressive tetradrachms. All of these coins were struck on the reduced Attic standard, and were struck on broad, thin flans that were influenced by the Athenian New Style coinage. These series also copied a feature on their reverses, a large wreath that formed the border encompassing the entire reverse type. We know from the Delos inventory lists that these coins were referred to as stephanophoroi, attesting to the ubiquity of these series. The types appearing on the coins clearly indicated their civic nature, depicting the city’s patron deity on the obverse and various aspects of the city’s culture on the reverse.

Olympic Coins: The Waterloo Nike, An Extremely Rare and Beautiful Coin

This coin was sold at auction for 85,000 USD. It’s a silver stater from Elis, Olympia circa 432 BC, struck for the 87th Olympiad. The obverse shows an eagle flying to the right with a hare in its talons. The reverse has the inscription [F] – A  with Nike, wearing a peplos and chiton, seated on top of two steps, holding a long palm-branch in her right hand and resting her left hand on the top step with an olive spray below.

The reverse of this issue is widely thought to portray one of the most beautiful representations of Nike of later fifth century Greek coinage. It is likely that the master engraver of this Nike was an assistant of the Athenian sculptor Phidias, working with him on the Parthenon sculptures and then on the chryselephantine statue of Zeus at Olympia. The style employed on the Parthenon pediments can be seen here in the master artist’s rendering of Nike (see Jongkees, RN 1968, pp. 60-61). Seltman (‘The Temple Coins of Olympia’ (1921), pp. 41-42) states that this engraver possessed skill superior to that of all others of the time. The composition of the Nike figure, reclining atop two steps, with wonderful use of perspective and space, is a true masterpiece of late fifth century numismatic art. It has become known as the “Waterloo” Nike due to its inspiration for the medal (photo) by Thomas Wyon, Jr. in honor of Wellington’s victory at Waterloo.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd-century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. H.W. Janson described it as “the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture." The Nike of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is estimated to have been created around 200–190 BCE. It is 8 feet (2.44 metres) high. It was created to not only honor the goddess, Nike, but to honor a sea battle. It conveys a sense of action and triumph as well as portraying artful flowing drapery through its features.

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Jeweled Gold Diadem, Black Sea, Circa 150 BC

This elaborately decorated headdress (aka the Loeb Diadem) from the Crimean Peninsula is one of the most magnificent works of gold that has been preserved from the ancient world. Produced in around 150 BC, it probably served as a burial object. It is composed of multiple separately crafted pieces: The lower part is dominated by a Heracles knot made up of garnet and gold elements. The ends on both sides are encased in sheaths made of gold plating to which the two half-arches of the diadem are attached by means of hinges. The half-arches are covered with a meshed scaly pattern made up of engraved leaf ornaments the edges of which are decorated with gold wires and beads. Inlaid garnets present a sensational play of colors. On the right and the left, the half-arches are finished off with decorative capsules with rich scrolled and cord trimmings.

The front section of the headdress is decorated with tasseled pendants, all of which have the same structure: an array of rosette-studded discs, garnet pearls flanked with hemispheric flower bowls, and bundles of chains, to which gold beads and garnet, carnelian and white-banded sardonyx pearls set in gold are attached. The goldsmith created the figures that were soldered to the centre section of the diadem in one distinct design stage. Here you see two sea dragons, one on either side of the winged goddess of victory, Nike, who is wearing a girdled garment , a chiton, and is carrying an offering cup or a wreath in her right hand.

im actually in denial about having a crush over this one guy in my physics class and like today i told him his hair was messy (he has sorta of a quiff like zayn used to) and then he told me to fix it for him omg fuck then i ran my fingers through his hair ahh

The signs as typical child stereotypes:

Aries: one of those kids that are always up for some beef and they always start it just bc they always have the energy to turn sassy
Taurus: the kid who got sick all the time and never covered their mouth when they coughed
Gemini: the kinda nerdy kid that everyone still liked bc they were funny & cute
Cancer: the kid who everyone thought was cute and innocent then would rage and/or cry like there was no tomorrow
Leo: that kid that was clearly loaded bc they always had nike shoes and wore real jewellery to school
Virgo: the kid that looked better than ALL OF U but was quiet and shy
Libra: the kid who always brough SUPERCOOL STUFF to school and everyone would be jealy af
Scorpio: the kid who tried to lead their friendship group and probably did bc they were probably somewhat scary
Sagittarius: the really nice kid who was probably somewhat attractive (in your kid eyes) and would always be nice & fun to play with
Capricorn: the nerdy kid that thought they were better than everyone
Aquarius: that one kid who would annoy you until you let them play with you
Pisces: that kid that always had crusty snot bordering their nostrils