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Alexander The Great, 327 BC Tarsus Mint

Julius Caesar admired Alexander the Great as a hero. The above coin is the reverse of a tetradrachm of Alexander the Great minted in the city of Tarsus in 327 AD. The "theta" symbol below the chair may represent the solar eclipse of 335 BC. The Greek god Zeus is seated holding an eagle and plow. Following the solar eclipse of 335 BC Alexander the Great began the conquest and Hellenization of the Levant. It is interesting to think that from Tarsus the apostle Paul would begin the Judeo-Christianization of the Roman Empire 300 some years later. Solar eclipses may have affected military planning as much as terrain weather.

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