Grave stele with Hoplite Battle Scene

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

The ashes of every Athenian who fell in battle were returned to the city and buried in the state funerary ground in the outer Kerameikos at the northwest edge of the city, just outside the walls. The grieving family might also erect a stele--usually with a battle scene--in its own burial precinct to honor the fallen soldier. Here, captured in a desperate moment, both the standing soldier and his fallen opponent are about to be slain.

Grave stele with Hoplite Battle Scene, Marble, Pentelic, Greek, Attic

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