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        Alexander the Great coin with the ram's horn of the Egyptian god Ammon, minted in the reign of Lysimachus of Thrace during the Hellenistic era

        Greek, (3rd century BC). Medium: gold. Alexander the Great (356-323 BC); Lysimachus of Thrace (reigned 305-281 BC); coin shows the deified Alexander wearing the horn of Ammon in reference to Alexander's visit to the shrine of Ammon at the Siwa Oasis where he was greeted by the priests as the son of Ammon and thus the rightful ruler of Egypt; Ammon was understood by the Greeks as the equivalent of Zeus and the deity was known in the Hellenistic period as Zeus Ammon; T�te d'Alexandre avec les cornes d'Ammon; Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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