Herakles carrying the Erymanthian Boar
Lot 2288
EGYPT. Alexandria. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Drachm (Bronze, 34 mm, 25.00 g, 12 h), RY 5 = 141/2. [ΑΥΤ Κ Τ] ΑΙΛ ΑΔΡ ΑΝΤⲰ[ΝΙΝΟϹ ЄΥϹЄΒ] Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. L - Є Herakles walking right, carrying the Erymanthian Boar on his left shoulder; to right, Eurystheus in storage jar, raising both arms. Dattari (Savio) 2595. Emmett 1544.5. K&G -. RPC IV.4 online 15167. Very rare. Light flan cracks, otherwise, good fine.


From the Rhakotis Collection, formed in the 1960s and 1970s (with collector’s ticket).

For his fourth labor, Herakles was ordered by Eurystheus to capture the Erymanthian Boar and to bring it back to him alive. This boar was a particular menace, brutally ravaging the area around Psophis in Arkadia. The hero found the beast hidden in a thicket, and shouting, he drove the boar away. He continued to chase it onto the snowy flanks of Mt. Erymanthos, until the boar gave up from exhaustion. Triumphantly, Herakles carried his quarry back to Mykene, where the cowardly Eurystheus quickly hid in a storage jar out of fear of the terrible animal. On the coin, we can see the king's head and arms jutting out from the jar, clearly indicating his panic.
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