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Athena and Giant Pedimental Group

Before the Parthenon and the other buildings that we see today were built, there were earlier temples on the Acropolis long since destroyed. Excavations have uncovered the foundations of several buildings, and also some sculptures, discarded and buried in antiquity.

This group came from one such temple. It shows Athena, with arm outstretched, striking down a fallen Giant. The Battle of Gods and Giants for supremacy of the world is one of the earliest Greek myths. Significantly, this group was the first temple sculpture to be carved completely in the round, and the first with a unified subject

Number: 
73
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Athens, Acropolis Museum 631

Size: 
1.75m & 1.01m
Accession: 

Purchased 1930

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 75, pl. 21, 1
Schrader: Archaischen Marmorbildwerke des Akropolis (1939), 353-
Payne & Young: Archaic Marble Sculpture from the Acropolis, 52-
Dickins: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum I, 169-
Stewart: Greek Sculpture, 129, pls. 205-6
Moore: American Journal of Archaeology vol.99 no.4 (October 1995), 633
Hurwit: The Athenian Acropolis (1999), 123

Date: 
c.520-510 BCE
Provenance: 

Found on the Acropolis, Athens

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