Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps

War elephants depicted in Hannibal Barca crossing the Rhône, by Henri Motte, 1878   In a recent PBS episode of Secrets of the Dead: Hannibal in the Alps our copy of Hannibal’s coin with an elephant on the reverse was used during the telling of the story....

Antinous 111 AD – 130 AD

Antinous was a Bithynia Greek born in Claudiopolis the Roman province of Bithynia (present-day Bolu, Turkey). In 123 AD Hadrian met Antinous and had him taken to Rome for a higher education. Hadrian formed a relationship with Antinous, and by 128 AD he was the...

Coins of The Bible

Coins mention in the bible that was in circulation in the Holy Land during Jesus’ life.   HEROD I (THE GREAT), 37 – 4 BC Æ “Eight Prutot” In 37 B.C. King Herod the Great was placed on the throne of Judaea by the Romans. Herod and his successors issued only...

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