Seller: wear-the-past (2,021) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786065828 This is an ancient Hellenistic Greek iron signet ring, dating to the 3rd century B.C. The ring is deeply engraved with an image of Hercules, who is vigorously wrestling the Nemean Lion. Age and time has worn the fine detailing, especially on the lion which would have been lightly engraved. We are still left with enough of the detail to firmly identify the image, a classic in Greek mythology found in sculpture and art. Iron rings were by no means cheap or common, infact very highly esteemed among the military, with iron being the metal of Aries (the god of War). The strength and permanence of iron was thought to be imbued to the wearer, especially in this example the strength of Hercules. Iron rings were mostly worn by men of the warrior class, a tradition kept by the Roman Republic who scorned the use of gold rings as effeminate and barbarian. This ancient ring has survived for more than 2250 years, still strong and intact. For an iron ring the design is pretty clear and it retains a good shape and patina. It would be possible to wear this ring again today with care, being ancient iron is not as strong as when first made but has so far withstood the test of time.OBJECT: Signet RingCULTURE: Hellenistic GreekDATE: c. 3rd century B.C.MATERIAL: Iron RING SIZE: 8 (US) Q (UK)SIZE: 21.14mm x 23.94mm x 3.70mm (bezel 23.52mm x 20.32mm x 3.62mm)WEIGHT: 9.6 gramsThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details. Condition: good excavated condition, Type: Rings, Material: Iron, Culture: Hellenistic Greek, Date: c. 3rd century B.C.