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Marcus Antonius Polemon

Polemon was a sophist and friend of the emperor Hadrian.

In Smyrna/Ionia he acted as Strategos (and a magistrate lacking any indication of his office) and donated a coin issue for the Smyrnaeans in AD 134/135.

His name, always with the addition ΑΝΕΘΗΚΕ(N) appears on coins issued during the reign of Hadrian. Some show the portrait of the emperor (RPC III no. 1972, here with the title of a strategos), some his wife Sabina (RPC III no. 1974). Most numerous are large medallion-like bronzes with the portrait of Antinoos (RPC III nos. 1975-1983). Coins commemorating the emperor’s favourite were first issued in AD 134.

Lit.: D. O. A. Klose, Die Münzprägung von Smyrna in der römischen Kaiserzeit. AMuGS X (1987) pp. 68-69, 76; W. Leschhorn, Lexikon der Aufschriften auf griechischen Münzen II (2009) p. 762 s. v. Polemon (AD 134-135).


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