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The Telephos Frieze on the east side of the courtyard: Telephos’ comrades

Unknown2nd Quarter 2nd century BCE

Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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As a young man, perhaps by order of Apollo’s oracle, Telephos travels to Mysia. He is received by King Teuthras and declares himself ready to join the king in his fight against Idas. Still unrecognised by her son, Auge equips him with weapons. At the centre of the scene stand two young men dressed in short belted chitons and voluminous mantles [...]. They turn towards each other in a gesture of familiarity. One wears a helmet over his short hair; the other carries a spear. They accompany Telephos not just as friends but as members of the entourage appropriate for a hero. Telephos himself is shown at the righthand edge of the panel, outfitted in a breastplate and apparently in brisk motion. In the next panel, Auge wears a heavy garment that trails behind her and approaches the group together with a servant girl. They are carrying a shield, helmet, and spear. To the left of Telephos and his two comrades, the panel preserves the last figures from the previous scene – a youth standing in the background and a man apparently leaning on a staff. They wear long-sleeved robes, boots, and Phrygian caps – a costume that marks them as inhabitants of Asia Minor.

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  • Title: The Telephos Frieze on the east side of the courtyard: Telephos’ comrades
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2nd Quarter 2nd century BCE
  • Location: Pergamon / Turkey
  • Physical Dimensions: w95 x h130.5 x d27.5 cm
  • Type: Frieze
  • Medium: Marble
  • Inv. no.: T.I. 32
  • 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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