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[Tidbits] Who Are These People?

Get them all correctly and you will receive two tickets–when the
time comes–no expiration date–to Nirvana. Just give your name to
the gatekeeper and you’re in. Quick aside… tickets will be waiting
for you at the ticket window directly to the left of the gatekeeper.
User Name: Tidbits. Password: Benjamin.

I have a seven inch bracelet set up with a line of eight gold coins.
It was created by Van Cleef and Arpels. In 1995 it was worth around
$4000. I can not figure today’s value as I do not know the gold
weight. However… in 1995 gold was around $390.00 an ounce. Today
it’s in the area of $1793. That’s roughly 4.6 times higher. So… if
we extrapolate… the bracelet should be worth around $18,400
smackeroos. This does not include collectors’ values.

The bracelet consists of images of famous mythological and real
personages. Do you know all their names? Get back to me and tell me
what you think. No cheating. No going on the Internet. No Googling.
No Wikipedia-ing. No Yahoo-ing. No calling your history professor at
college with whom you’ve kept an ongoing relationship for just such
a circumstance as this one. I will describe three images. As best as
I can tell… they repeat themselves on subsequent coins.

The first: He was the King of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian
Empire. He was considered one of the greatest military geniuses of
all times. He was inspiration to Hannibal the Carthaginian as well
as the Romans Pompey and Caesar and Napoleon. He was born in was
born in 356 BC in Pella. By the age of thirty, he had created one of
the largest empires in ancient history

The second: He ruled Macedonia from 359 to 336 BC. He was the
youngest son of king Amyntas III. In his youth he was held as a
hostage in Thebes. It was there that he received a military and
diplomatic education. He achieved early success… only to be
assassinated in October of 336 BC.

The third: She was the helmeted Greek goddess of wisdom and courage
and inspiration and civilization and warfare and strength and
strategy and female arts and crafts and justice and skill. Let me
tell you… as goddesses go… she knew her stuff. She was also a
shrewd companion of heroes as well as the goddess of heroic
endeavors. She was also the virgin patron of Athens. Personally… I
would have thought that with all her attributes… she would have
fooled around a bit. But go figure the psyche of the multi-talented
and lofty.

Okay. Ready. Start thinking.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages a gold coin bracelet depicting history’s greats.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark