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Throne of Apollo at Amyklai (known through Pausanias’ description and modern reconstructions)

Pausanias Description of Greece 3.18.15:

Underneath the throne [at Amyklai], … Peirithous and Theseus have seized Helen (original Greek).


Reconstruction of whole throne by A. Furtwängler, from J.G. Frazer, Pausanias’s Description of Greece, vol. III, Commentary (2nd ed. 1913), p. 352

Chest of Kypselos from temple of Hera at Olympia (known through Pausanias’ description and modern reconstructions)

Pausanias Description of Greece 5.19.23:

[2] On the chest are also the Dioscuri, one of them a beardless youth, and between them is Helen. [3] Aethra, the daughter of Pittheus, lies thrown to the ground under the feet at Helen. She is clothed in black, and the inscription upon the group is an hexameter line with the addition of a single word: “The sons of Tyndareus are carrying off Helen, and are dragging Aethra from Athens” (original Greek).


Detail with rescue of Helen by Dioskouroi, from reconstruction of chest of Kypselos by W. von Massow, “Die Kypseloslade,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung vol. 41 (1916), pl. 1.

Paris, Louvre CA 617: Protocorinthian aryballos with Helen and Dioskouroi


Drawings from L. Couve, “Un lécythe inédit du Musée du Louvre,” Revue archéologique, 3rd series vol. 32 (1898) 213 ff.


Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Olympia, Archaeological Museum M 397: bronze cuirass with Helen and Dioskouroi


Munich, Antikensammlungen 2309: Attic red-figure amphora with Theseus and Helen


Photo from Wikimedia Commons



Front and back panels from Munich 2309, pl. 168 from E. Gerhard, Auserlesene Griechische Vasenbilder, hauptsächlich Etruskischen Fundorts (vol. 3): Heroenbilder, meistens homerisch (1847)

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser

iconiclimc (front side of amphora)

iconiclimc (detail of front side)

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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