Posted on 11/04/2008

Photo taken on June  9, 2007

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PICT17493ac The True Aurige or Charioteer Face

PICT17493ac The True Aurige or Charioteer Face
An entire room is reserved for him at Delphi Museum; Museum comment (pictured separately and manually retaped): The Charioteer is a bronze statue belonging to a group representing a racing quadriga; The group has been dedicated to Apollo by the tyrant of Gela (a Greek city in Sicily) after his championship at the respective athletic competition during the Pythian Games of 478 B.C; Besides the figure of the Charioteer, only a few fragments of the entire complex have been preserved: a block of the pedestal bearing part of the dedicatory inscription, fragments of the horses and chariot, as well as an arm belonging to the young compagnon who held the reins; A masterpiece of the Severe Style by an unknown Artist; When the French excavators began their work in 1890, they unearthed the Charioteer from the underground. L'Aurige est une statue de bronze provenant d'un quadrige consacré à Apollon par le tyran de Géla (cité Grecque de Sicile) après sa victoire à la course de chars, lors des concours Pythiques de 478 avant JC. Du groupe sont conservés en dehors de l'Aurige: un élément de la base avec une partie de l'inscription dédicatoire, des fragments de chevaux et du char ainsi que le bras d'un jeune palefrenier qui tenait les rennes du cheval; Oeuvre de Style Severe, Artiste inconnu; in Delphi Archaeological Museum.

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