Apollo and Marsyas

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published on 18 June 2014

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, 215. 330-20 BCE. This relief slab is one of four that made up the revetment of a pedestal (only three survive), and was found at Mantineia, Arcadia. The pedestal either acted as a base for a statue group of the Delian trinity (Leto, Apollo, and Artemis) or as an altar. On this relief the musical agon between Apollo and Marsyas is depicted. Apollo sits at left with his kithara, listening to Marsyas, at right, playing his auloi. At centre is the Scythian who will punish Marsyas for loosing the agon by flaying him; his knife is held ready in his right hand.

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James Lloyd
James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

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