Societas Classica
“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Charon’s Obol and The “Dropped” Coins of The Thracian Tombs Which Were Robbed in Antiquity


Authors:
Miroslav Izdimirski

Pages: -

Abstract:

In this article I examine the cases of setting of coin/s in funeral context in Ancient Thrace. This practice may be connected with Charon’s obol, but I thing that this practice is not valid for Thrace. These cases are an Hellenistic fashion because of different Thracian religious and posthumous concepts for Other world. There are examples for posthumous practices with coins in mound’s embankments after death of human bean. There are and examples for coin hoards in funerary mounds deposited like hoards because of relief of environment. All this cases are connected with levels of monetary exchange in Ancient Thrace in Hellenistic and Roman times.

Keywords:

Obol, Charon, Funerary Practices, Mounds, Ancient Thrace

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