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Decree Relief

Part of a public record of a treaty.

This fragmentary relief records an alliance between Athens and city states in the Peloponnese. Only the lower section of the sculptured panel and the upper part of the inscription survive.

The figures represent Zeus seated to the right and Athena, patron of Athens, leaning on a spear to the left. The central figure is again a goddess, perhaps a personification of the city states.

The lettering is typical of the mid fourth century BCE. The inscription names Molon as archon (chief magistrate), enabling us to date it accurately

Location of Original: 

Athens, National Museum 1481

0.47 x 0.49m

Binneboessel: Studien zu Attischen Urkunden Reliefs des 5 & 4 Jahrhunderts (1932), 10 & 54-, no.37
Svoronos: Das Athener Nazionalmuseum Athens (1903), 598, no.245, pl. CVI
Brunn-Bruckmann: Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, pl. 533 (centre)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 56, no.255
Inscription: IG II-III, 112; cf. Lawton, Athenian Document Reliefs, no. 24

362 BCE

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