Seller: highrating_lowprice (21,590) 100%, Location: Rego Park, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 321994480768 Item: i53685 Authentic Ancient Greek Coin of: Seleukid Kindom Antiochos IX Kyzikenos - King: 113-96 B.C. - Bronze 17mm (4.76 grams) Tarsus mint, circa 113-96 B.C. Reference: HGC 9, 1247 Rare R2 ; SC 2353; SNG Spaer 2726; BMC Seleucid p. 93, 23 Bearded and diademed head of Antiochos IX right. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ / ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤOΡΟΣ, Athena advancing right, holding shield and spear over shoulder; monograms to left. You are bidding on the exact item pictured, provided with a Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity. Athena or Athene (Latin: Minerva ), also referred to as Pallas Athena, is the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, strength, strategy, crafts, justice and skill in Greek mythology . Minerva , Athena's Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes. Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavour. She is the virgin patron of Athens . The Athenians built the Parthenon on the Acropolis of her namesake city, Athens, in her honour (Athena Parthenos). Athena's cult as the patron of Athens seems to have existed from the earliest times and was so persistent that archaic myths about her were recast to adapt to cultural changes. In her role as a protector of the city (polis), many people throughout the Greek world worshiped Athena as Athena Polias ("Athena of the city"). Athens and Athena bear etymologically connected names. Antiochos IX Kyzikenos, ruler of the Greek Seleucid kingdom , was the son of Antiochus VII Sidetes and Cleopatra Thea . Upon the death of his father in Parthia and his uncle Demetrius II Nicator's return to power (129 BC), his mother sent him to Cyzicus on the Bosporus , thus giving him his nickname. He returned to the Seleukid Kingdom in 116 BC to claim the Seleucid throne from half-brother/cousin Antiochus VIII Grypus , with whom he eventually divided the kingdom. He was killed in battle by the son of Grypus, Seleucus VI Epiphanes in 96 BC. Seleucid Empire Σελεύκεια Seleúkeia 312 BC–63 BC ↓ The Seleucid Empire in 301 BC. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty founded by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great . Seleucus received Babylonia and, from there, expanded his dominions to include much of Alexander's near eastern territories. At the height of its power, it included central Anatolia , the Levant , Mesopotamia , Kuwait , Persia , Afghanistan , Turkmenistan , and northwest parts of India . The Seleucid Empire was a major center of Hellenistic culture that maintained the preeminence of Greek customs where a Greek-Macedonian political elite dominated, mostly in the urban areas. The Greek population of the cities who formed the dominant elite were reinforced by emigration from Greece . 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