Croton's founder was Myscellus who came from the city of Rhypes in Achaea in the northern Peloponnese. It soon became one of the most flourishing cities of Magna Graecia with a population between 50,000 and 80,000 around 500 BC.
Its inhabitants were famous for their physical strength and for the simple sobriety of their lives. From 588 BC onwards, Croton produced many generations of victors in the Olympics and the other Panhellenic Games, the most famous of whom was Milo of Croton.
In 194 BC, it became the site of a Roman colony. Little more is heard of it during the Republican and Imperial periods, though the action of one of the more significant surviving fragments of the Satyricon of Petronius is set in Croton.
Modern location: Crotone, Italy
Reverse: Eagle standing left on lightning, cornucopia right, star above; BPET_TIΩN
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Reverse: Tripod with 3 ring handles and legs ending in lion’s paws; ϘPO
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Weight: 1.5 g