THE THEATRE FRIEZE, DELPHI
These panels decorated the proscenium of the theatre at Delphi. They illustrate scenes from the mythology of Hercules (Cerberus; Nemean Lion; Centaur; Hydra; Antaeus; Geryon, Mares of Diomedes, etc.). The tall, spare figures are quite typical of classicist provincial art of the 1st century CE. The choice of theme may have some symbolic significance associated with honours granted to Nero as a demi-god hero by the priests of the sanctuary on his visit to Delphi. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
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