Unformatted text preview: letters and symbols. These included a variety of weapons, birds, and animals. The purpose of these little symbols is uncertain. Nevertheless, their forms are clear enough to admire. Some figures—dolphins and sea monsters—reflect Corinth’s close relationship with the sea. Other symbols are more direct in their meaning. A coin with Demeter holding a torch honors the earth-goddess of corn and the harvest. Bearing a torch, she is in search of her daughter Persephone, carried away by Hades, ruler of the underworld. So we can see how Corinth’s coinage carried its culture as it spread through trade. Adapted from www.americanhistory.si.edu/corinth and www.culture.gr...
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- Fall '11
- Ancient Greece, City-state, Corinth, sea monsters—reflect Corinth