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by Archaeology Newsroom

Historical and Numismatic Notes from the Ancient Modon. Pedasos, Mothone or Methone?

Although archaeological evidence has not yet been found which could have corroborated Strabo’s and Pausanias’ statements that Modon is the Homeric town of Pedasos, there are certain historical events that define Modon as a fortified post In antiquity. Furthermore, the way ancient historians and chroniclers refer to this town proves that the official name of the city during the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman era, until the 2nd century ad was Methone. This article establishes this historical evidence, presents a list of ancient coins of Modon, presently scattered in various collections, and offers a new argument regarding the correct name of he place. The identity of Modon is therefore brought up in a more authentic way. Even if such an argument about remote times could be heard as distant echo, it can hopefully come into music.