Apollo facing right with Macedonian sun/starburst on reverse
Apollo was one of the most important gods of the Olympian Pantheon. His godly dominion was over colonists, medicine, as the father and adviser of Asclepius.Moreover he was known as the patron defender of the herds and flocks. At his most known role, the god of prophesy he was the Oracular patron god of the Delphic oracle. Apollo was also known as the god of music and poetry , leader of the muses (Apollo Musagetes) and protector of all arts.
The Macedonian 'sun' or 'star' (has also been described as a 'starburst' by historians) was found embossed on the solid gold larnax in the burial tomb of Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) outside the town of Vergina in Northern Greece. The sun which remains today a well known Greek symbol was an emblem of the mighty Macedonian dynasty and possibly a religious symbol at the time of Alexander the Great. The excavations in Vergina constitute a sensational archaeological site, while the larnaca itself is today kept in a museum very close by.
|Gender||For Him or Her|
|Historic Period||Era: Classical|
|Material||Solid Sterling Silver|
|Diameter (excluding bails)||16 mm (5⁄8in)|