From Agent Presse France
via Al-Arabiya online here
Fatimid dinars feature the names of the caliphs they were minted under, as well as the date and location where they were minted. "They're first-class historical documents," explains Robert Kool, curator of the IAA's Coin Department. […] A cursory study reveals that the earliest coin from the hoard was minted in Palermo, Sicily, while the majority came from official Fatimid mints in Egypt and other parts of North Africa and date to the reigns of Caliphs al-Hakim (A.D. 996-1021) and his son al-Zahir (A.D. 1021-1036). -- National Geographic News online here.
Hellenike would be any Greek city with ties to the old homeland. Tarentum in Italy was Taras; Naples (Napoli) was Neopolis. Marseilles in France was Marsalla. Benghazi in Libya was Berenike. They were Greek cities. Greeks built them; Greeks inhabited them. Sicilians are not Italians. Italy is a peninsula. Sicily is an island. They are different places. The people of eastern Sicily are Greeks. In the west, they are Carthaginian.
Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (here)
lobbies for the rights of private citizens
“I’ve been reading only about the Italians and Greeks
and how they’ve succeeded,’’ said [former Turkish
cultural official Engin] Ozgen. “This will show the world
that the Turks are not ignorant anymore, that they will fight
for their past and their heritage.’’ This statue is attributed
as a Roman copy of a lost Greek work.
It comes from the city of Antalya in modern Turkey.
The town was founded by Attalus II of Pergamon in 180 BCE.
Seljuk Turks entered the area about 1500 years later.
The Boston Museum of Fine Art returned this
statue of "The Weary Herakles" to the city of Antalya.
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