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Pergamon Altar. Athena against the giant Alcyoneus

Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC by artists of the school of Pergamon. Marble and limestone. East frieze. Gigantomachy. Struggle between gods and giants. Athena taking the young Alcyoneus by the hair while his mother, Gaia, leaves the ground due to the death of his son. Next, the winged Nike. Pergamon Museum. Berlin. Germany

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Acropolis Altar Athena Berlin Eumenes Fight Fighters Frieze Gaia Giant Giants Gigantomachy Goddess Gods Hellenistic Limestone Marble Minor Mythical Mythological Mythology Nike Pergamon Pergamum Serpent Snake Soter Struggle Myth


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This stunning marble and limestone print depicts a captivating scene from the Pergamon Altar, a masterpiece of Hellenistic art created between 164-156 BC. Commissioned by Eumenes II Soter, the king of Pergamon in Asia Minor, the altar was built to showcase the power and grandeur of the Pergamum Acropolis. The East Frieze of the altar, where this image is taken from, illustrates the epic battle between the gods and the giants, known as the Gigantomachy. At the heart of the composition, Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, is shown in fierce determination as she takes young Alcyoneus, a giant, by the hair. His mother, Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, is depicted reacting to her son's imminent demise, as she begins to rise from the ground. The winged goddess Nike, symbolizing victory, hovers above the scene, adding an element of triumph to the chaotic battle. This intricately carved relief is a testament to the artistic prowess of the Pergamon School, which flourished during the Hellenistic period. The altar, now housed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, is a reminder of the rich artistic heritage of ancient civilizations and the enduring allure of mythological tales.

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