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H 290 x W 205 mm

366 pages

Illustrated throughout in black & white

Published Jul 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781784914097

Paperback: 9781784914011

Digital: 9781784914028

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Numismatics; Siciliy; Italy; Bronze Age; Man-faced bull; Iconography

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This book, Potamikon, presents an investigation into the origin and identity of the man-faced bull, as well as a catalogue of coins.



Introduction: Why the Man-Faced Bull?; Part I: Concerning the Origin and Identity of the Man-Faced Bull: Section One: On the Origin of Man-Faced Bull Iconography: Chapter I: Paleolithic Art-Iron Age; Chapter II: The Westward Migrations of Man-Faced Bull Iconography; Chapter III: The Iconography and Related Traditions in Early Western Mediterranean Cultures; Chapter IV: The Etruscan and Greek Worlds; Chapter V: Distribution of the Iconography on Greek Coinage; Section Two: On the Identity of the Man-Faced Bull: Chapter VI: Past Arguments for the Identity of the Man-Faced Bull; Chapter VII: The Identity of the Greek Man-Faced Bull; Part II: Catalog of the Bronze Coinage of the Man-Faced Bull: Section Three: SICILY; Section Four: ITALY; Section Five: AKARNANIA; Section Six: REMAINING MINTS; Appendix 1: Joseph Eckhel, ‘De tauro cum facie humana,’ in Doctrina Numorum Veterum, Vol. 1 (Wien: Ignatius Alberti, 1792). Translated by Curtis Clay, 2013.; Appendix 2: ‘The Oxus River God: a man-faced Indian humped bull’ by Dr. Lloyd W. H. Taylor” after the title ‘The Oxus River God; Bibliography; Index