Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora
The 5th-century B.C. poet Pindar remarked on the rich sculptural decoration of the Athenian Agora, and, indeed, over 3,500 pieces of various types of sculpture have been uncovered during its excavation. This full-color guide sheds new light on the marble industry in and around the Agora, including rich evidence for sculptors' workshops, their tools, and techniques. The text discusses the works of both famous and anonymous artists.
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4th century B.C. adaptations Agora excavations Alkamenes ancient Apollo Patroos Archaic period Athena Ergane Athenian attributed basins became began block body bronze building carved channels chips chisel Classical claw copy corner cutting decoration deities drill early establishments Euphranor evidence famous figures final finished flat chisel floors fragment goddess Gods Greek Greek sculptors hand head Hekate held Hephaisteion Hermes Herulian holes indicate industrial district inscribed known kouros Late Library of Pantainos located marble sculpture marbleworkers marks Metropolitan Museum Mikion and Menon modeling Mother Museum Museum of Art occupied Omega House original outlines painted Pausanias perhaps Phidias Photograph pieces polish portrait probably quarry reliefs residential and industrial reused Roman Roman period rooms rough sculp sculptors served showing side signed smoothing Socrates South Square stages statue bases statuette Stoa stone Street surface Temple traces unfinished Votive relief workshop