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Roman Provincials: Pontus-Amasia


Commodus, AE32, 180-192, Pontus-Amaseia
M AV CHA KOMO-ANTWNOC
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
AMACEIT MHTPN_EW KPPTPONT | ITPPO
Eagle standing on top of altar of Zeus Stratios, Helios in facing quadriga above, sacred tree to left
31mm x 32mm, 23.16g
Similar to Price and Trell 163 for type; Waddington, p. 32.

Pontus, Amaseia is in modern day Turkey and is described in Price and Trell as one of the most impressive sites in that country.  According to Price and Trell, the sanctuary to Zeus Statios, the chief deity of Amaseia, was not actually at Amaseia itself, but to the East, behind a mountain, on the high plateau at Buyuk Evlia.  The great monumental altar to Zeus Stratios is always accompanied by a tree or flower, which would seem to have some connection with the cult.


Julia Domna, AE32, 206/7, Pontus-Amaseia
[IOV]LIA DOM_NA [CEBACTH]
Draped bust right
ADP CEV AM_ACIAC M NE P
Monumental altar of Zeus Stratios with two stories and dome, sacred tree to left
ET CH in exergue
31mm x 32mm, 14.97g
Recueil Generale 61

Notes from Curtis Clay - "This great monumental altar of Zeus Stratios also appears as a coin type of the city, always accompanied by a tree or a flower which would seem to have some connection with the cult. Price and Trell, Coins and Their Cities, p. 93. [This] coin is Recueil Generale 61, Year CH=208=AD 206/7. The two-storied altar is nice; usually it's one story with flame, eagle, or frontal chariot of Sol on top."