Protomai or protome : προτομή, head and upper torso of a human or an animal as an ornament or adornment Gigantomachy : in Greek and Roman mythology, the epic battle struggle between the gods and the giants The gods won with the aid of Heracles the archer and the giants were killed. Giants buried can be responsible for volcanic fires, earthquakes, etc. Rhyton : an ancient Greek drinking cup formed in the shape of an animal's head or a horn with the hole for drinking in the bottom. Metope: a square space between tryglyps in a Doric frieze Tryglyph : best described with a picture - the highlighted in red, square panel is a tryglyph: modified image from MichaelMaggs / CC BY-SA Rhyton And putting a few of those words in a sentence: this 5th century BC rhyton with protomai of Pegasus is embellished with scenes of gigantomachy and can be found in the Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces (VCM) A Small AE of Skepsis (aka Scepsis) Troas, Skepsis, AE (4th century BC) Size: 1.3g, 9.5mm Obv: Rhyton with forepart of Pegasos left Rev: Σ - Κ, fir tree within linear square border Where is Skepsis? Aristotle's Library Strabo writes this about Skepsis: "From Scepsis came the Socratic philosophers Erastus and Coriscus and Neleus the son of Coriscus, this last a man who not only was a pupil of Aristotle and Theophrastus, but also inherited the library of Theophrastus, which included that of Aristotle. At any rate, Aristotle bequeathed his own library to Theophrastus, to whom he also left his school; and he is the first man, so far as I know, to have collected books and to have taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library." -Strabo, Geographia, XII 1.54 Strabo continues to explain how these books changed hands, traveled into the care of one Apellicon, a bibliophile, which apparently in Strabo's language is someone who doesn't fully appreciate the content of the books. Apellicon had the books badly copied, spreading content that was questionable. And of course - a familiar name pops up in the story: "Sulla, who had captured Athens, carried off Apellicon's library to Rome, where Tyrannion the grammarian, who was fond of Aristotle, got it in his hands by paying court to the librarian, as did also certain booksellers who used bad copyists and would not collate the texts—a thing that also takes place in the case of the other books that are copied for selling, both here and at Alexandria." -Strabo, Geographia, XII 1.55 There is also a Trojan war link to Skepsis, on Mt. Ida, as the site of the palace of Aeneas. Skepsis founded by Aeneas, and later relocated by Ascanius, son of Aeneas, and Scamandrius, son of Hector (see Strabo XIII 1.51): "The Scepsian (Demetrius) supposes that Scepsis was the palace of Aeneas, situated between the dominion of Aeneas and Lyrnessus, where, it is said, he took refuge when pursued by Achilles. “‘Remember you not,’ says Achilles, ‘how I chased you when alone and apart from the herds, with swift steps, from the heights of Ida, thence indeed you escaped to Lyrnessus; but I took and destroyed it.’” - Strabo, Geographia, XIII 1.52 Strabo further describes the conflicting stories across Homer, Roman tradition and Demetrius of Skepsis. Share coins that expanded your vocabulary, coins from Troas, and anything else that you find interesting or entertaining.