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Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology

Antonino Crisa (UGent)
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This paper focuses on the coin iconography of Herakles, protagonist of a Sicilian mythological cycle. He is the most represented hero on Sicilian coins, issued by Greek cities in northern Sicily. In the modern age local antiquarian scholars associated the ruins of two ancient buildings in Alontion and Kephaloidion to the worship of Herakles and Iuppiter. The antiquarians used the numismatic evidence to interpret the archaeological evidences. These coins certainly prove how Herakles’ cult was widespread in Sicily and how local myths stimulated the creation of explicit or allusive iconographies from the Roman Republican age to the early Imperial period.
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Sicily, archaeology, Cefalù, San Marco d'Alunzio, Aluntium, collecting, temple, Herakles

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Crisa, Antonino. “Heroic Cults in Northern Sicily between Numismatics and Archaeology.” Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009, edited by Nicholas Holmes, International Numismatic Council, 2011, pp. 114–20.
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Crisa, A. (2011). Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology. In N. Holmes (Ed.), Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009 (pp. 114–120). Glasgow: International Numismatic Council.
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Crisa, Antonino. 2011. “Heroic Cults in Northern Sicily between Numismatics and Archaeology.” In Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009, edited by Nicholas Holmes, 114–20. Glasgow: International Numismatic Council.
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Crisa, Antonino. 2011. “Heroic Cults in Northern Sicily between Numismatics and Archaeology.” In Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009, ed by. Nicholas Holmes, 114–120. Glasgow: International Numismatic Council.
Vancouver
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Crisa A. Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology. In: Holmes N, editor. Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009. Glasgow: International Numismatic Council; 2011. p. 114–20.
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A. Crisa, “Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology,” in Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009, University of Glasgow (Glasgow, UK), 2011, pp. 114–120.
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  abstract     = {This paper focuses on the coin iconography of Herakles, protagonist of a Sicilian mythological cycle. He is the most represented hero on Sicilian coins, issued by Greek cities in northern Sicily. In the modern age local antiquarian scholars
associated the ruins of two ancient buildings in Alontion and Kephaloidion to the worship of Herakles and Iuppiter. The
antiquarians used the numismatic evidence to interpret the archaeological evidences. These coins certainly prove how
Herakles’ cult was widespread in Sicily and how local myths stimulated the creation of explicit or allusive iconographies from the Roman Republican age to the early Imperial period.},
  author       = {Crisa, Antonino},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009},
  editor       = {Holmes, Nicholas},
  isbn         = {9781907427176},
  keywords     = {Sicily,archaeology,Cefalù,San Marco d'Alunzio,Aluntium,collecting,temple,Herakles},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {University of Glasgow (Glasgow, UK)},
  pages        = {114--120},
  publisher    = {International Numismatic Council},
  title        = {Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology},
  year         = {2011},
}