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Item: i30542
Authentic Ancient Coin of:

Greek city of Maroneia in Thrace
Bronze 16mm (3.85 gm.) Struck 400-350 B.C.
Reference: Sear 1636; B.M.C. 3.65
Horse prancing right; monogram beneath.
ΜΑΡΩΝΙΤΩΝ around three sides of linear square containing vine; monogram beneath.

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Maroneia (: Μαρώνεια) is a municipality in the , . Population 7,644 (2001). The seat of the municipality is in .

In legend, it was said to have been founded by Maron, a son of , or even a companion of . According to it was founded by in the first half of the 6th century BC. According to , its ancient name was Ortagures. It was located on the hill of Aghios Gheorgis, and archaeological findings date it as a much older and as a pure city.

Maroneia was close to the mentioned by in the . Some scholars identify Maroneia with his Ismaros. Homer has plundering the city but sparing Maron, whom he identifies as a priest of . Maron presents Odysseus with a gift of , as well as with gold and silver.

In the era of and , Maroneia was famous for its wine production. The wine was esteemed everywhere; it was said to possess the odor of , and to be capable of mixture with twenty or more times its quantity with water. That the people of Maroneia venerated , we learn not just from its famous Dionysian Sanctuary, the foundations of which can still be seen today, but also from the city's coins.

In it was taken by , who vented his rage by slaughtering a great number of the city's inhabitants. The subsequently granted Maroneia to , King of , but almost immediately revoked their gift and declared it a free city.


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