Statue of Marsyas from Tarsos

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 May 2018
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Statue of Marsyas from Tarsos

Marsyas was the Phrygian satyr who was skinned alive when he challenged Apollo to a musical contest and lost. Marsyas was usually sculpted alone, as an isolated statue. However, this statue was found as part of a group of statues, depicting a seated Apollo (on his left side) and a Scythian slave (sharpening a knife to flay Marsyas) on his right side. Here, he was depicted suspended from a tree by his arms (now lost). His body and face show signs of torture and agony. Marble. Roman Period, copy of an original from the 3rd century BCE. From Tarsos (Tarsus), Mersin, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, May 12). Statue of Marsyas from Tarsos. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/8683/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Statue of Marsyas from Tarsos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 12, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/8683/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Statue of Marsyas from Tarsos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 12 May 2018. Web. 30 May 2020.

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