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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2nd century A.D. 4th century B.C. 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 collection copy corner cutting decoration deities drill early establishments Eubouleus evidence famous figures final fine finished flat chisel fragment goddess Gods Greek Greek sculptors hand head Hekate held Hephaisteion Hermes Herulian holes indicate industrial district inscribed known Library of Pantainos located marble sculpture marbleworkers marks measuring Metropolitan Museum modeling Mother Museum of Art occupied Omega House original painted Pausanias perhaps Phidias Photograph pieces polish portrait probably quarry relief depicting reliefs residential and industrial reused Roman Roman period rough sculp sculptors served showing side signed smoothing Socrates South Square stages statue bases statuette Stoa stone Street surface Temple tool traces unfinished Votive relief workshop