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Gifts to the Gods in Greece and Rome


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Fragment of a hero relief

One common type of sanctuary relief shows a man reclining on a couch with food or offerings in front of him, and other people in attendance. In the Greek period these reliefs were dedicated by cities to honour local figures thought to have super-human powers (heroes). The scenes that show heroes include a snake or horseman, both symbols of the cult of the dead. In the Roman period similar reliefs were used by individual families to honour their dead relatives (such as GR.21.1865).

Production place: Attica, Greece
Date: around  325–300 BC
Marble (Pentelic)

Object Number: GR.17.1865

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