A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: The Coins of Parthia

Warwick Wroth
1903 Journal of Hellenic Studies  
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more » ... lenic Studies. NOTICES OF BOOKS 211 and it is to be regretted that the plates (from photographs) do so little justice to their delicate workmanship-cf. the lynx-head earrings 157 sqq. An unpublished bronze (Alexander with a lance) is given as a tail-piece on pp. 139, 184. Kleinasiatische Muinzen. Band II. Von F. IMHOOF-BLUMER. [Sonderschriften des 6sterr. archiol. Institutes in Wien. Band III.]. Pp. 275, with 11 photographic plates. Vienna: H6lder, 1902. 36 inm. This book is of capital importance not only for numismatists but also for all students of the history and geography of Asia Minor. The ground covered by the second volume extends from Lycia to Cappadocia ; the districts which are treated at greatest length are Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Cilicia. Besides publishing many new varieties of coins, the author supplies numerous corrections of previous descriptions, readings, and attributions. The sections dealing with Aspendus, Selge, and Side are specially interesting, while not a little fresh light is thrown on the satrapal coinage. In connexion with the latter point it may be noted that Imhoof pronounces against the possibility of identifying the portraits of individual satraps from the money they issued, holding that the heads which appear upon their coins merely represent an ideal type, varied according to the caprice of the diecutter. Not much addition is made to our knowledge of the Seleucid period, beyond the probable suggestion that Seleucia ad Calycadnum was a mint of Antiochus VIII. and of Seleucus VI. The list of value-marks occurring on Greek imperial pieces is considerably extended. Malos (Pisidia) and Airai (Ionia) take their places for the first time among the cities that are known to have struck money. On the other hand, Amelas (Lycia) disappears from the list. Hitherto no coins have been assigned to the Cilician Aphrodisias, but a strong case is here made out for attributing to that important town two distinct groups of uninscribed silver pieces (the series with the baetyl formerly given to Mallos, and that with Athena Parthenos and Aphrodite seated between sphinxes formerly given to Nagidos), as well as a unique colonial coin. The discussion of the puzzling cointypes of Etenna is a characteristic example of the masterly way in which difficult problems are handled. Out of the total number of 275 pages, 31 are devoted to additions to Volume I., and 48 to a singularly complete set of indexes which cover both volumes. The photographic plates reach the highest level of excellence. L'Histoire par les monnaies. Essais de nunlismatique ancienne. Par THEODORE REINACH. Pp. iv+272 ; with 6 photographic plates, and 20 cuts in the text. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1902. 10 f. M. Reinach has revised and reprinted in this convenient form the more important of the articles contributed by him to various periodicals during the past fifteen years. The range of subjects covered is a wide one, and many points oF historical interest are touched upon. Special mention may be made of the essays that deal with the relative value of the precious metals in antiquity, with the genealogy of the Kings of Pontus, with the recently discovered addition to the royal line of Bitlhynia, and with the dynasties of Commagene. Elsewhere the artists ' Acragas' and ' Daidalos of Bithynia' are satisfactorily disposed of as mere myths, Pliny being made responsible for the former, and Pliny's editors for the latter. The papers included in the volume number 25 in all. There is no index.
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