Block VIII of the west frieze.

Phidias442–438 BC

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum
Athens, Greece

Depiction of a rider trying to control his runaway horse. This powerful composition occupies the central block of the west frieze, which is possibly the work of Pheidias. It has been suggested that the rider is one of the two Athenian Cavalry commanders. Marble from the mount Penteli.


  • Title: Block VIII of the west frieze.
  • Creator: Pheidias Workshop
  • Creator Lifespan: Estimated around 490 BC - Estimated around 430 BC
  • Date Created: 442–438 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: w1400 x h1010 m
  • Exhibition: Parthenon Gallery
  • Type: Marble relief
  • Rights: Acropolis Museum Collection

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