Herakles on Bosporos' coins
In V B.C. as a result of association of the Greek colonies
on Kerch and Taman peninsulas the largest antique state
on the Northern Black Sea Coast was formed. It's name was
The Bosporos capital was Panticapaeum (modern Kerch).
At the end of II A.D. Bosporos king Sauromates II has put
resolute defeat to Scythians and Tauris.
He has attached to the Bosporos state the Scythian Empire
and Taurica - mountain Crimea.
Within board of Sauromates II Bosporos fleet successfully
struggled with pirates on Black sea that promoted development
of trade relations.
His military successes Sauromates II compared to the Herakles
feats . During currency reform a beautiful series of double
denariuses with the image of feats of the ancient greek
hero was made.
On one of coins king was represented in Herakles image
with his attributes - club and trident.
This weapon should symbolize Bosporos power on land and
on the sea.
Bosporos series of Sauromates II coins with the image of
Herakles feats certainly was ancient proto-type of modern