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The Numismatic Expression Of The Medicinal Hot Springs

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The Romans minted their coins mainly in Rome itself or in auxiliary mints, while keeping to a clear separation of powers between the Emperor and the senate. The figures of Hygieia and Aesculapius also appear on the coins of other cities in the Levant that have no connection with natural hot springs such as Hammei-Tiberias and Hammat Gader. The coins from Tiberias represent symbolically the hot springs of its suburb, Hammei-Tiberias, whose curative properties were famous in the ancient world. They served as a means of advertising the spa and attracting people to come and bathe in their healthful waters. The Gadara mint was one of the larger municipal mints in the region of the Levant, and its coins reveal fascinating data concerning the political history and character of the city, and the medicinal hot springs in the suburb.

Keywords: Hammat Gader; Hammei-Tiberias; medicinal hot springs; Romans



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