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ID:     862191
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     CARIA
City:     Halicarnassus
Issuer:     Hadrian
Date Ruled:     AD 117-138
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE26
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD circa
Diameter:     26 mm
Weight:     10.59 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder
Reverse Legend:     AΛIKAP-NACCEΩN
Reverse Description:     Triform Hekate standing facing, holding torch in each hand
Primary Reference:     SNG Kayhan -
Reference2:     SNG MÜnchen -
Reference3:     SNG TÜbingen -
Reference4:     SNG Cop -; SNG VA -; SNG Righetti -; BMC -; Lindgren & Kovacs -; Lindgren III -; MPR II -; McClean -; Weber -; Mionnet -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, some surface pits
Notes:     Apparently unpublished, and one of only a handful of types known for Hadrian from Halicarnassus. Although perhaps originally conceived as cthonic goddess similar to Artemis, in Greek mythology Hekate was transformed into a nefarious deity associated with witches, ghosts, and curses. The origin of her cult can perhaps be traced to Caria, where her most prominent cult site of Lagina was located and where names stemming from Hekate (itself apparently derived from Hekatos, or “far-shooting”, an epithet of Apollo) are well-attested. From at least the Classical period she was shown in triplicate form as a goddess of the crossroads, comparable to the Roman Trivia, whose image was set up at boundaries to keep out evil spirits.