West Pediment of the Parthenon

Drawing of west pediment

Reconstruction (by Berger) combined with Carrey's drawings, John Boardman, Greek Sculpture Classical Period, fig.77

The reconstruction shows how the sculptures might have appeared when completed in about 433 BC. The centrepice was a great cross of two gods, Athena and Poseidon, with rearing chariots and charioteers and attendant deities behind mirroring and supporting the duel. Beyond them matters are calmer and less symmetrical with reclining and kneeling figures of both sexes and all ages attending, rather than watching, the outcome of the struggle; they are probably early kings and heroes of Attica and their families.

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