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A Hoard of Late Roman Coins from Piraeus

After being sacked during the Herulian invasion in AD 267, the classical city of Piraeus flourished once again in the beginning of the Late Roman period. Τhe harbor facilitated the mingling of people from various ethnicities and social backgrounds with the local community, as well as the connection of the city to the international trade routes of the Late Imperial Eastern Mediterranean.

The rescue excavations conducted in 2013 by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus and the Islands for the expansion of the metropolitan subway system, brought to light substantial evidence concerning the financial and social image of Piraeus during the Late Roman period. Among this evidence was a small Late Roman hoard, probably the fruit of a random loss, as it will be argued, composed of bronze coins issued by Constantine I. The hoard was unearthed on a road already of great significance for the classical Hippodamian plan of the city, whose use continued in time, as attested by the number of coins dated to earlier periods that the excavations have revealed.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26247/aura5.7


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