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Sarcophagus Reliefs

This sarcophagus relief depict a scene from myth: the abduction of beautiful sisters, Phoebe and Hilaeira, the daughters of Leucippos. On each of the short sides, we see one of them in a wedding veil, marrying her captor. Their husbands are the sons of Zeus, Castor and Pollux, identifiable by their pointed hats. Castor is killed by a rival suitor, but he and his brother are later granted immortality by their father. This reward makes their story suitable decoration for a funerary casket and monument. Many details are restorations

Location of Original: 

Florence, Uffizi 74

0.60 x 2.21m

Robert: Die Antiken Sarkophag-Reliefs, III (1904), pl. LVII.180, 180a, 180b; Text 222
Dütschke: Antike Bildwerke in Florenz (1875), 36

Roman, Hadrianic

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