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Uranius Antoninus, obverse: left-facing armoured bust of Uranius Antonius with laurel wreath; reverse: the stone of Baal from Emesa on a four-horse chariot (quadriga), left-facing. © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet / Reinhard Saczewski

BERLIN - Bode Museum is displaying coins from ancient Syrian cities in an exhibition, titled 'Syria Antiqua – Coins and Monuments on the Museuminsel’, on view through November 5, 2017.

Coins from ancient Syrian cities illustrate impressively the cultural, religious, and political constellations of the time. Mints existed not only in the major trading cities, ports, and havens like Laodicea, Palmyra, and Damascus, but could also be found in centers of cultural and religious life such as Antioch and Emesa. Numerous members of the Roman imperial family, such as Julia Domna and her sister Julia Maesa, came from Syria, one of the greatest and richest provinces of the Roman Empire. 

The exhibition is on view at Bode Museum, Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

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Uranius Antoninus , front, armor bust of Uranius Antoninus with laurel wreath in the breastview after l., © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Münzkabinett / Reinhard Saczewski

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Uranius Antoninus, back, The stone of Baal from Emesa on a four-horse chariot (Quadriga) to the left, on the stone framed by two umbrellas, is the relief of an eagle© State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet / Reinhard Saczewski

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Iulia Domna, Front, Draped Bust of Iulia Domna with Stephane in the front view to the right, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Münzkabinett / Lutz-Jürgen Lübke

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Bostra, front, head of the Elagabalus with laurel wreath to the right, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet / Reinhard Saczewski

Antioch on the Orontes , front, head of Augustus, 5-4 v

Antioch on the Orontes , front, head of Augustus, 5-4 v. © State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Antioch on the Orontes , back, Tyche of Antioch among them the floating river god Orontes, 5-4 v

Antioch on the Orontes, back, Tyche of Antioch among them the floating river god Orontes, 5-4 v© State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Emesa , front, bust of Caracalla, 216-217 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Emesa, front, bust of Caracalla, 216-217 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Emesa , back, temple front with the sacred stone of the Elagabal in the temple, 216-217 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Emesa, back, temple front with the sacred stone of the Elagabal in the temple, 216-217 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet 

Laodikeia , front, armored bust of Trajan, 122-123 AD, © State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Laodikeia, front, armored bust of Trajan, 122-123 AD, © State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Grabrolief by siblingspaar , depict the young Yarhaî and his sister Moainat, 2nd half of the 2nd century AD,

Grave relief of Sibbling couple , depict the young Yarhaî and his sister Moainat, 2nd half of the 2nd century AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art / Antje Voigt.

Tyros , front, bust of Caracalla, 209-217 AD, © State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Tyros , front, bust of Caracalla, 209-217 AD, © State Museum of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

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Tyros , back, The goddess Astarte stands between a victory monument and a small statue, 209-217 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

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Tyros, front, bust of the Elagabal, 218-222 AD © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Münzkabinett

Tyros , back, two cultivars between which stands at olive tree, including dog with shell, 218-222 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet

Tyros , back, two cultivars between which stands at olive tree, including dog with shell, 218-222 AD, © State Museums of Berlin, Coin Cabinet