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Item:264226346650For sale is Ancient Greek Lead Amulet Pendant depicting Syracusan Naiad Nymph Arethusa & Dolphincirca 317-289 Bc. The Loop is intact. Wearable. Head of the nymph Arethusa Rright, wearing grain wreath, earring and necklace; around, three dolphins Coin reference: www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-coins-of-syracuse-sicily-help.249595/ The myth of her transformation begins in Arcadia when she came across a clear stream and began bathing, not knowing it was the river god Alpheus, who flowed down from Arcadia through Elis to the sea. He fell in love during their encounter, but she fled after discovering his presence and intentions, as she wished to remain a chaste attendant of Artemis. After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection. Artemis hid her in a cloud, but Alpheus was persistent. She began to perspire profusely from fear, and soon transformed into a stream. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her stream traveled under the sea to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingle with her waters. Virgil augurs for Arethusa a salt-free passage beneath the sea on the condition that, before departing, she grant him songs about troubled loves, not those in her own future, but those of Virgil's friend and contemporary, the poet Cornelius Gallus, whom Virgil imagines dying from unrequited love beneath the famous mountains of Arcadia, Maenalus and LycaeusSize: About 35 mm including the loop. Weight: 11.7 grams. See photo For Condition Material: Ancient lead. Partly cleaned. The Loop is intact. Wearable. Guaranteed genuine, as all of the items in our Store. Postage is combined on items - £1 additional fees for extra item/cont orders. We accept Paypal, UK Postal order, UK Banker's draft, and UK Personal cheque. Please have a look at what else we are offering. Thank you.Condition:The Loop is intact. Wearable. Very good. Partly cleaned. Mint condition., Provenance:Ownership History Available, Material:Lead, Type:Amulets, Colour:Multi-Coloured
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Arethusa & Dolphin. Ancient Greek Amulet of Syracusan Naiad Nymph, c 317-289 Bc.