Classical Archaeology 3

Sculpture from the temple of Zeus at Olympia. ‘Here the subject is a battle between Lapiths and Centaurs, mythical tribes of northern Greece, which took place at a wedding feast. The Centaurs, half horse half man, had been invited to the wedding but drank too much wine and attempted to abduct the Lapith women.’  According to Colin Clews, the Centaurs were ‘equally unable to rein in their desire for the young men: look closely and they’re carrying them off too.’

Photo: Lapith woman, Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Museum of Classical Archaeology, June 2018

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