P. 284 (only with art)

Pausanias Description of Greece 1.17.2:

In the gymnasium not far from the market-place, called Ptolemy’s from the founder, are stone Hermae well worth seeing and a likeness in bronze of Ptolemy. Here also is Juba the Libyan and Chrysippus of Soli. Hard by the gymnasium is a sanctuary of Theseus, where are pictures of Athenians fighting Amazons. This war they have also represented on the shield of their Athena and upon the pedestal of the Olympian Zeus. In the sanctuary of Theseus is also a painting of the battle between the Centaurs and the Lapithae. Theseus has already killed a Centaur, but elsewhere the fighting is still undecided (original Greek).

Delphi, Archaeological Museum: metope from south side of Athenian treasury showing Theseus and an Amazon (Antiope?)



Photos pp. 242-3 from R. Colonia, The Archaeological Museum of Delphi (2006)

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser (all metopes from Athenian Treasury)

Classical Art Research Center, University of Oxford (all metopes from Athenian Treasury)


East and north sides of Athenian Treasury, Delphi (photo by Frances Van Keuren)


South side of Athenian Treasury, Delphi (photo by Frances Van Keuren)

Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon: west metopes with Amazons and Athenians


Drawing of 11 west metopes from Parthenon, Univ. of Oxford

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser (all metopes from Parthenon)


View of west facade of Parthenon showing all of west metopes, Wikimedia Commons


Photo by Ken Russell Salvador of west metopes in situ, Wikimedia Commons


Another photo of west metopes in situ, Wikimedia Commons

*Plutarch Pericles 31.4:

But the reputation of his works nevertheless brought a burden of jealous hatred upon Pheidias, and especially the fact that when he wrought the battle of the Amazons on the shield of the goddess, he carved out a figure that suggested himself as a bald old man lifting on high a stone with both hands, and also inserted a very fine likeness of Pericles fighting with an Amazon. And the attitude of the hand, which holds out a spear in front of the face of Pericles, is cunningly contrived as it were with a desire to conceal the resemblance, which is, however, plain to be seen from either side (original Greek).

London, British Museum: Strangford Shield, Roman copy of Amazonomachy from exterior of shield of Pheidias’ Athena Parthenos


British Museum (note figures of Pheidias and Perikles directly beneath the Gorgon’s head at the center of the shield)

Edited by Aaron J. Ivey, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics, University of Georgia, June 2016; and by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2016.

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