Zeus and Astarte – Jugate

 

In Phoenician legend Anat (Astarte) and Baal (Zeus), the king of gods, ruled the universe under the aegis of El (Kronos).  Anat was also called Asherar-yam or Baalat (our dear lady) in the cities of Tyre, Sidon and Byblos.

It is only during the Hellenistic period that both Zeus & Astarte were seen together on coins of Phoenicia and Arados, a union which according to ancient text began with peaceful rule but regressed into divine struggle for the pantheon and cosmos.

The coin below is of Zeus and Astarte (Jugate) with Athena figurehead on prow of galley.

I really like the attractive green patina and clear mint marks, also i seemed to have captured a good sense of depth highlighting the strike of the coin in the image provided.

Zeus & Astarte            KJ 2

By Coins Of The Southern Levant Posted in Arados

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