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The East frieze of the Altar: Klytios, Hekate and Artemis

Unknown2nd Quarter 2nd century BCE

Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Behind her (Leto) the huntress Artemis, her daughter, fits her bow with an arrow as she strides over Styphelos’ dead body […]. She faces a youthful, naked Giant (Otos?) with a round shield and helmet, while her hunting dog bites the neck of another bearded, snakelegged Giant […]. Concluding the frieze at its southern extent is the three-bodied Titan Hekate, an enigmatic goddess of boundaries and sorcery. Protected by around shield, she attacks her opponent with a torch, spear, and sword. The muscular, snake-legged Giant Klytios hoists a boulder over his head, readying to sling it at Hekate, while the goddess’s dog bites his thigh. Here again the composition of the frieze is repeated for a framing effect: Klytios raises his boulder just as Apollo’s opponent does, the rockslinging Giants serving to bookend the Apolline family grouping.

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  • Title: The East frieze of the Altar: Klytios, Hekate and Artemis
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2nd Quarter 2nd century BCE
  • Location: Pergamon / Turkey
  • Type: Frieze
  • Medium: Marble
  • Inv. no.: AvP III.2 GF 10, 2 - 10, 5
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-814319
  • External link: Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Johannes Laurentius || Text © Verlag Philipp von Zabern / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Volker Kästner
  • Collection: Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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