[ca. 140 - 95 BCE;
The profile of Antiochus VIII on the face
of this tetradrachma minted at Ptolemaļs
shows why he was popularly dubbed "hooked nose." The
inscription on the back, however, reveals his more grandiose self-image: Basileos
Antiochou Epiphanous ["of King Antiochus, (God)
Manifest"]. Grypus left his claim to divinity implicit. Yet the
fact that the reverse side of his coins regularly featured the often nude
figure of Zeus--usually standing bearing a scepter & star with
crescent moon over his head--leaves little doubt that even in Palestine,
like Antiochus IV, he
promoted himself as incarnation of the supreme god.
For high resolution images of this and
other coins of Antiochus VIII see Ancient
Coinage of Seleucia, Antiochos VIII in David Surber's excellent
ancient coins website: Wildwinds.
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