Vergina Sun (Macedonian sun, Argead Star)

verginaA distinct eight, twelve, or sixteen rayed figure, Called the sun of Vergina.  It is so named for a stunning example found on a larnax (coffin) in the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great and a notable member of the Argead Dynasty.  The motif itself is ubiquitous in Greek and Macedonian art.  It is most likely a solar symbol, being found in temple art depicting the sun God Helios.

Other notable examples of the motif have been found at Eleusis and at the Temple of Nemesis.

Since the discovery of the Tomb in Vergina, the sun emblem has made its way onto a number of Greek and Macedonian coins, flags, and other objects as a symbol of cultural identity.

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Vergina sun from Eleusis

 

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On an ancient coin from Crete

 

 

Related symbols:

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Black March 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

The Sun of Vergina typically symbolises the flying chariot of Hera. It had two wheels, each with eight spokes, totalling in sixteen spokes. http://greekmythology.wikia.com/wiki/Hera%27s_Chariot
Also, people, there is no greek and macedonian and what have you. Macedonia is a place in Greece.

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Jennifer July 15, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Macedonians may be inclined to disagree ;)

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