Bas relief from Arch of Galerius - Thessaloniki, Greece
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Quick Description: A stamp depicting a detail of bas-relief from famous Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki
Date Posted: 2/10/2012 3:34:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMDPBT
The stamp, which depicts a detail from famous Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki, was one of the 8 stamps which were issued in 1985 by Greek Post on the occasion of the 2300th Anniversary of the founding of Thessaloniki.
The relief allegedly depicts the imperial family conjoined in a sacrifice of thanksgiving (owes its distant prototype to the Augustan reliefs on the Ara Pacis in Rome). Galerius' wife, Diocletian's daughter Valeria, is shown at his side, helping authenticate his connection to his predecessor. All the faces on the relief have been carefully chiselled off, whether as "damnatio memoriae" or in later cultural intolerance of images.
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Stamp Issuing Country: Greece (Hellas)
Date of Issue: 1985
Denomination: 15 Greek drachmas
Stamp Type: Single Stamp
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