Trikka - A settlement in Thessaly also known as Trikke
The ancient city of Trikka or Trikke, which was founded around the 3rd millennium BC and took its name from the nymph Trikke, daughter of Penaeus, or according to others, daughter of the river god Asopus.

The ancient city was built at a defensive location in between the local hill and the river Lithaios. It became an important center in antiquity and it was considered to be the birthplace and main residence of the healing god Asclepius.

Trikka and the surrounding area was fairly prosperous in ancient times. It fell to the Achaemenid Persians in 480 BC, while ten years later it joined the Thessalian monetary union. In 352 BC it was united with the Macedonia of Philip II.

Later on, Trikka became a location of hard battles between Macedonia and Rome. While Philip V of Macedon and his son Perseus tried to keep the city, after 168 BC it fell to the Roman Republic.

Modern location: Trikala, Greece

(1) Trikka c. 480-400 BC
Obverse: naked Thessalian youth standing right, restraining forepart of unruly bull prancing right
Reverse: forepart of bridled horse prancing right, within incuse square TPI_KK_AI (retrograde)
Ref: SNG Oxford 3933; BCD Thessaly II 76...