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The Getty Villa

Exhibition Detail
Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90272

May 23rd, 2012 - May 4th, 2015
Relief with Antiochos and Herakles, Relief with Antiochos and Herakles,
about 330 B.C., National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Image
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On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

Wearing a dignified mantle and resting on his staff (no longer visible, but probably added in pigment), Antiochos faces Herakles, who is depicted as an athletic nude holding a club and lion skin. Both stand inside a small temple that crowns the stele. Their squat proportions, their exaggerated facial features, and the stiff drapery folds are characteristic of reliefs dating to the late 300s. On the lower part of the slab is an inscription recording the honors bestowed on the taxiarch (commander) Prokleides by his loyal soldiers. This is the reference referring to the select infantry corps called the epilektoi, a group of men bound together by their military service, participation in sacrifices and theatrical performances, and membership in the Athenian Council.

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