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Religion in Greek Coins: Apollo


Apollo (Apollo) was among the most widely revered of the gods.

He and his twin sister Artemis, children of Zeus, represented the day and night. Under the name of Helios (Sol) he was the god of the sun, but he was also considered the patron divinity of art, harmony, medicine, music and order.

He was the protector of flocks and herds, protector from and punisher of evil. He was honored under many titles or epithets, and his images abound in Greek numismatic art.

He was typically portrayed as a somewhat effeminate-looking, nude beardless youth or young man, often holding a bow. Overlapping the realms of Hermes and Hekate, he was a protector of travelers and roads and an agent for the just punishment of evil.

 

Helios, or Apollo, is seen on a pseudo-Rhodian hemidrachm.
A tetradrachm of Antigonus Dosson of Macedonia shows a seated Apollo.
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