Marble relief fragment depicting athletic prizes

Period: Mid-Imperial, Antonine

Date: 2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm); length 26 3/8 in. (67.7 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1959

Accession Number: 59.11.19

Description

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.

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