Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora

Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora

Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora

Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora

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After the statues of the Eponymoi (1 on plan opposite) are statues of gods, Amphiaraos and Eirene carrying the child Ploutos. Here also is a bronze figure of Lykourgos, son of Lykophron, and of Kallias . . . There is one of Demosthenes . . . Near the figure of Demosthenes is the sanctuary of Ares (2) . . . Around the temple stand Herakles and Theseus, Apollo binding his hair with a fillet, statues of Kallias . . . of Pindar . . . not far away are the statues of Harmodios and Aristogeiton (3) . . . Of these statues the later group is the work of Kritios while the earlier is by Antenor . . . In front of the entrance to the theatre called Odeion (4) are statues of Egyptian rulers. . . . After the Egyptians are Philip and his son Alexander . . . the statue of Lysimachos too . . . The Athenians have an image of Pyrrhos . . .

As one goes toward the Stoa (5), which the Athenians call Painted on account of its paintings, there is a bronze statue of Hermes named Agoraios and a gate near by . . . In this Stoa the first painting depicts the Athenians drawn up against the Lakedaimonians at Oinoe in the Argolid . . . on the middle wall the Athenians and Theseus fighting the Amazons . . . After the Amazons are the Greeks when they had captured Troy . . . The last of the paintings shows those who fought at Marathon . . . Here are bronze statues, one of which in front of the Stoa is of Solon . . . a little farther off is one of Seleukos.

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