Friday, August 11, 2006
The coin on the left is a 1/12th Stater from the Greek city-state of Miletos, which is located on the Turkish mainland. It was minted sometime between 500 and 480 BC, when the city was under the rule of distant Persian overlords.
Perhaps one summer, two thousand, four hundred, and eighty six years ago today, it was in the pouch of a free Greek in the allied contingent near the spa waters of Thermopylae.
But I'd like to think it was.