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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Astarte||View Options:  |  |  | 


Astarte is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the principal goddess of the Phoenicians (Ashtoreth), representing the productive power of nature. In Phoenician mythology, she was a daughter of Sky and Earth and sister of the god El. Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. Her name is the second name in a Wicca energy chant: "Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna."

Arados, Phoenicia, 80 - 79 B.C.

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King Tigranes the Great of Armenia ruled Syria and Phoenicia from 82 until 69 B.C. when he was defeated by Rome. Arados retained its independence, as it had previously under Ptolemaic and Seleukid domination of the region.
GB57568. Bronze AE 19, Duyrat 4517 ff.; BMC Phoenicia p. 41, 335; Cohen DCA 779, aVF, weight 6.514 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Arados (Arwad, Syria) mint, 80 - 79 B.C.; obverse bust of Astarte right, wearing stephane and veil; reverse humped bull jumping to left, head turned facing, AC over Greek monogram above, below bull: PΠ (year 180) and Phoenician letter aleph over CWM; nice near black patina with red earthen highlighting; SOLD

Arados, Phoenicia, 46 - 45 B.C.

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GB80627. Bronze AE 23, BMC Phoenicia p. 42, 344, VF, weight 6.294 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Aradus mint, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Astarte right with stephane and scepter; reverse humped bull charging left with palm at shoulder, Phoenician and Greek letters above, CI∆ (year 214 below) and symbol below; SOLD

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Sidon, Phoenicia

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Under Elagabalus, Sidon was made a Roman colonia named Colonia Aurelia Pia Sidon.
RP05697. Bronze AE 25, SNG Cop 255, Fair, weight 9.14 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, obverse [IM]P C M AV ANTONI[NVS] (or similar), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse [COL] AVR RIA METR[O SID] (or similar), cart of Astarte on two wheels, four columns supporting roof, cart of Astarte, two wheels, four columns supporting roof, Baetyl (probably a meteorite) placed on a base within; SOLD


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