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A ROMAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO OF CADMUS

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A ROMAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO OF CADMUS

2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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A ROMAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO OF CADMUS 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C. Cut with kneeling figure of the helmeted warrior, wearing kilt and holding a shield, with twin serpents entwined around his right arm and leg, in early 19th Century gold ring setting 1.8 x 1.1 cm.; 1.3 cm. across inner hoop
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Obeying the Delphic oracle, Cadmus followed a cow and where it lay down his city Cadmea (Thebes) was founded, but first he had to slay the dragon which was guarding the sacred city and which had killed his companions. By Athena's instruction he saved the dragon's teeth from which armed warriors sprang up.

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