By Dr Helen S Lund, Helen S. Lund
Even supposing short-lived, Lysimachus' Hellespontine empire foreshadowed these of Pergamum and Byzantium. Helen Lund units Lysimachus' activities opposed to the heritage of the early Hellenistic global. Lund compares and contrasts Lysimachus' perform in struggle, kingship and executive with that of his contemporaries, predecessors and successors in an effort to view his achievements within the context of a continuum of imperial rule in Asia Minor. Lund additionally locations facts for Lysimachus' rule in its literary, political and social context.
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Indeed, Callatis’ rise to a leading position among them has been dated to the last years of the fourth century BC. Among individual citizens, at least, there is substantial evidence for wealth and the opportunities for cultured leisure which it affords. Callatis’ necropolis boasts terracotta statuettes from Attica of remarkable artistic quality, dated to the Diadoch period; a third-century epitaph from Mesambria betrays the influence of Homer’s Iliad; burial finds from Tomi’s Hellenistic necropolis include gold jewellery, bronze mirrors and fibulae and an athlete’s strigil.
Diodorus’ account is brief and lacks detail, but Lysimachus’ enrolment of some of these troops after Pausanias’ death may suggest a good proportion of mercenary troops without a strong allegiance to the Antigonids.
First, provision of an alternative source of finance, rather than Lysimachus’ policy, may explain a halt in city coinage on the West Pontic coast at this juncture; the period immediately preceding the revolt sees a great influx of coinage from abroad, notably Alexandertype staters minted in the cities of northern Asia Minor. Second, when the cities start to coin again, later in the third century BC, they abandon the traditional city emblems in favour of Alexander or Lysimachus types. 69 The assumption, moreover, that these new types herald a new age of prosperity and freedom after Lysimachus’ death is questionable; the occasion for their issue may be sinister rather than celebratory.
Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship by Dr Helen S Lund, Helen S. Lund