Marble votive relief dedicated to a hero
- Late Classical
- late 4th century B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Overall: 9 7/16 x 10 1/2 x 2in. (24 x 26.7 x 5.1cm)
- Stone Sculpture
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Joseph V. Noble, 1957
- Accession Number:
Inscribed to the physician
A hero was a deceased person who exerted from his grave a power for good or evil and demanded appropriate honor. The cult was concentrated at the grave, which was marked off as a special precinct and known as a heroon. As with the Olympian gods, there were animal sacrifices and offering of food and libation. The principal cultic activity was a feast of the living in company with the dead hero and in his honor. Votive reliefs often show the hero, as here, reclining at such a meal and being approached by worshipers, shown in smaller scale.