Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra

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Illustration

Arienne King
by Sailko
published on 14 March 2018
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This silver tetradrachm portrays the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII on one side, and the Roman triumvir Mark Antony on the other (1st century BCE). Cleopatra's profile has been made to resemble the features of her husband Mark Antony in the tradition of many Hellenistic coin portraits of couples.

Unlike most coins portraying royal couples, Cleopatra's portrait is not situated behind Antony's. Instead, Antony and Cleopatra are portrayed on opposite sides of the coin with appropriate titles for each. (Altes Museum, Berlin)

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APA Style

Sailko, . (2018, March 14). Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8292/silver-tetradrachm-portraying-antony-and-cleopatra/

Chicago Style

Sailko, . "Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 14, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8292/silver-tetradrachm-portraying-antony-and-cleopatra/.

MLA Style

Sailko, . "Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Mar 2018. Web. 29 Jul 2021.