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    LUCANIA. Metapontum. Alexander the Molossian (ca. 334-330 BC). AV 1/3 stater (2.56 gm). Ca. 334-332 BC. Head of Hera right, wearing stephane and pendant earring / METAΠON, barley ear with six grain kernels and leaf to right; on leaf, bird perched right. Johnston G1 (same dies). SNG ANS 395. HN Italy 1578. Very rare. NGC Ch VF.

    Alexander I of Epirus, usually called "Alexander the Molossian," was the brother of Alexander the Great's mother Olympias and hence uncle to the famed Macedonian conqueror. Alexander the Molossian's military prowess was as renowned as that of that of his brother-in-law Philip and in 334 BC he took an army to Italy to flight the Italic tribes on behalf of the Greek cities Tarentum and Metapontum. After willing several bitterly fought victories he signed a peace treaty with the Romans and seems to have decided to set himself up as the ruler of all Greeks in southern Italy. However in 330 BC he was ambushed at a river crossing near Pandosia and killed. The Roman historian Livy uses his fate and that of his countryman Pyrrhus as evidence that Alexander the Great's career of conquest would have foundered if he had turned his army toward Italy instead of Persia.


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