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Roman Provincial: Decapolis-Gadara


Syria: Decapolis-Petra, AE22, 64/63 BC (Year 1), Autonomous Issue
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Bust of Herakles left, wearing lion's s kin headdress, holding club over left shoulder
L A / RWMHE
Legend in two lines above rostrum right, all within wreath
22mm, 9.78g
Spijkerman 1; Rosenberger 1

In 64-63 BC Roman troops, under Pompey, liberated the Greek cities conquered by Alexander Jannaeus. Pompey personally supervised the reconstruction of Gadara. In commemoration of this event, the people of Gadara established the year 64-63 BC as the beginning of a new era for their history, in substitution for the Seleukid era.