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Title: Heraos, Holding the Tyranny
Author(s): WEISKOPF, M.N.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 11    Date: 2012   
Pages: 105-121
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.11.0.2175880

Abstract :
In 1993, Joe Cribb assigned the ‘Heraos’ coinage to the Kushan Kudjula Kadphises. A reconsideration of the silver coinage, particularly the tetradrachms, using a relative chronology based on the Rabatak king list and Kushan inscriptions, restores the issues to Heraos, a true member of the Kushan family who did not hold the title king. It is suggested that the use of turannountos is an interpretatio Graeca of the position occupied by Heraos, a leader who unified the five divisions, eventually giving his family name to the whole. Chronologically, he precedes Kudjula Kadphises, a time when no symbol for the Kushan sho had been introduced.

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