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Marble relief fragment depicting athletic prizes

Mid-Imperial, Antonine
2nd century A.D.
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm); length 26 3/8 in. (67.7 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
On this dedicatory relief are representations of the standard prizes awarded at four venues in Greece: an amphora of olive oil from the Panathenaic games at Athens, a shield from the games at Argos, and two wreaths (of pine and celery) from the prestigious Panhellenic games at Isthmia and Nemea respectively. Such games, which were very much part of the Greek tradition, flourished in Roman times. Many cities continued to host them, and individuals—the winner from Rhamnous who commissioned this relief, for example—gained much fame and fortune from their victories.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Etruscan, Greek, and Roman: Sculptures in the Recent Accessions Room." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(6): pp. 181–82, fig. 1.

Broneer, Oscar. 1962. "The Isthmian Victory Crown." American Journal of Archaeology, 66(3): p. 261, fig. 2, pl. 67.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 19, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Amandry, Pierre. 1983. "Le Bouclier D'Argos." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 107(2): pp. 628-9, fig. 1.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 183, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Cook, Brian. 1998[1987]. Greek Inscriptions. p. 21, fig. 10, London: Trustees of the British Museum.

Herrmann, John and Christine Kondoleon. 2004. Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit. no. 145, pp. 146, 189, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Bentz, Martin. 2004. "Siegespreise – Siegerehrung." Lockender Lorbeer : Sport und Spiel in der Antike, Dr. Raimund Wünsche, ed. p. 304 n. 3, fig. 29.3, München: Staatliche Antikensammlung und Glyptothek.

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