Roman Republic, C. Hosidius C. f. Geta - Meleager and the Boar

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King Oenus of Calydon, an ancient city of western Greece, north of the Gulf of Patras, held annual harvest sacrifices to the gods on the sacred hill. One year the king forgot to include Diana in his offerings. Insulted, she loosed the biggest, most ferocious boar imaginable on the countryside of Calydon. It rampaged throughout the land, destroying vineyards and crops, forcing people to take refuge inside the city walls, where they began to starve.
Oeneus sent out messengers to look for the best hunters in Greece, offering them the boar’s pelt and tusks as a prize. Among those who responded were some of the Argonauts, Oeneus’ own son Meleager, and, remarkably for the Hunt’s eventual success, one woman - the huntress Atalanta, the “indomitable”, who had been suckled by Artemis as a she-bear and raised as a huntress.
Many of the men refused to hunt alongside a woman, but it was the smitten Meleager who convinced them. Nonetheless it was Atalanta who first succeeded in wounding the boar with an arrow, although Meleager finished it off, and offered the prize to Atalanta, who had drawn first blood. But the sons of Thestios, the uncles of Meleager, who considered it disgraceful that a woman should get the trophy where men were involved, took the skin from her, saying that it was properly theirs by right of birth, if Meleager chose not to accept it. Outraged by this, He slew the sons of Thestios and again gave the skin to Atalanta. It had been prophesied at Meleager’s birth that he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. So his mother Althaea, overhearing, doused and hid the brand. Upon now hearing that Meleager had slain his uncles, her brothers, she took the fatal brand from the chest where she had kept it for so many years and threw it once more on the fire; as it was consumed, Meleager died on the spot, as the Fates had foretold. Thus did Diana achieve her revenge against King Oeneus.

C. Hosidius C. f. Geta AR Denarius. Rome, 68 BC. Diademed and draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver on shoulder; GETA before; III•VIR behind / Wild boar of Calydon right, pierced by arrow and attacked by dog; C•HOSIDI C•F in exergue. Sydenham 903; Crawford 407/2. 3.87g, 18mm, 7h.


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