to Illustrated Sites of Greece
Cave and Environs
The Stadium at
The Temple of
The Theater at
Dr. J's Illustrated
Museum of Delphi
|The Charioteer (Severe Style, about 470 BC).
One of the most famous bronzes of antiquity, this piece of a large votive offering (the
chariot and horses are lost) was dedicated by the Tyrant of Gela to commemorate a
chariot-race win at the 478 BC Pythian Games.
Detail of The Charioteer: note the winner's fillet bound about his head, and the hair
plastered by sweat. The eyes are made of white enamel and semi-precious stones, the
eyelashes of fine bronze wire, and rumor has it that his teeth are of silver!
Two bigger-than-lifesize archaic kouroi thought to be the statues of young Kleobis and
Biton dedicated by the Argives as displayed in the Delphi Museum. These two paradigms of
filial love hitched themselves to a cart to ferry their mother to worship at the Argive
Heraion. Their mother prayed to Hera for a suitable reward and Hera arranged that they
should die in their sleep at this, their greatest moment of glory. For the whole story see