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Area: Pamphylia: Aspendos
Period: 400 BC - 350 BC
Denomination: AR Stater
Obverse: Two nude athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms, all in dotted circle.
Reverse: Slinger advancing right, about to discharge his sling: behind (ΕΣΤFΕΔΙΙΥΣ), before, triskeles, all in dotted square.
Reference: BMC 18, SNG COP 187
Weight: 10.9 gms
Diameter: 22 mm


Aspendos (or Aspendus) was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor, located about 40 km east of the modern city of Antalya, Turkey. It was situated on the Eurymedon River about 16 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea; it shared a border with, and was hostile to, Side. According to later tradition, the (originally non-Greek) city was founded around 1000 BC by Greeks who may have come from Argos. The wide range of its coinage throughout the ancient world indicates that, in the 5th century BC, Aspendos had become the most important city in Pamphylia. At that time the Eurymedon River was navigable as far as Aspendos, and the city derived great wealth from a trade in salt, oil, and wool.

In 333 BC Aspendos paid Alexander the Great a levy to avoid being garrisoned, but it ignored its agreements with him and later was occupied. In 190 BC the city surrendered to the Romans, who later pillaged it of its artistic treasures. Toward the end of the Roman period the city began a decline that continued throughout Byzantine times.

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