Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)
- Attributed to the Euaion Painter
- ca. 460–450 B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; red-figure
- H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); diameter 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase by subscription, 1896
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Interior, post, athlete with halteres (jumping weights) and trainer
Exterior, obverse and reverse, athletes and trainer
The representations here beautifully convey two fundamental aspects of athletic training, expressed in the Latin saying "mens sana in corpore sano" ( a healthy mind in a sound body). The interior depicts the mastery of a specific sport, in this case the long jump, and the discipline of the body. The exterior shows the easy, serious interchange among young men and their older mentors. The javelins and the strigil establish an athletic setting.