Religion in Greek Coins: Nymphs, etc.
Also in the religious scheme of classical Greece were deities, demigods, immortal beings and creatures and their "near relations" who represented the "dark side" of Hellenic belief.
| Primary among these were the Chthonians - the
earth deities. Many Chhonian "creatures" find a place in numismatic mythology.
Pan (Fauneus), the god of shepherds and flocks, dwelt in grottoes in wild places. He had the haunches and horns of a goat and was supposed to be able to instill panic.
|Pan shows up on a bronze of Panticapaium.|
Nymphs were nature sprites; Nereids, or sea-nymphs, Dryads, or wood-nymphs, Naiads, or water nymphs.
In mythology, they freqently metamorphosed. Many gave their names and images to particular cities.
|Neapolis placed the nymph Parthenopeia on this stater.|
|The fountain nymph arethusa is seen on this dekadrachm of Syracuse.|
|This drachm of Sinope shows the nymph of the same name.|
The Chimaera was a land monster with the forepart of body of a lion, an extra head of a goat and another head and/or tail of a serpent.
It was basically a representation of the horrors of nightmare.
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|The chimera is shown on this drachm of Sikyon.|
|A stater of Corinth bears winged horse Pegasus.|
|Gorgon Medusa looks out from the obverse of a hemidrachm of Parium.|