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Chariot Race - Ancient Greece

Chariot Race - Ancient Greece (Illustration) Social Studies World History Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Visual Arts

In ancient Greece, artists used vases in the same way as painters use canvases today.  We therefore see great works of art, which survive from the ancient world, on vases and amphora.

This particular vase, from around 410 BC, depicts Pelops (who has challenged King Oinomaos to a chariot race) and Hippodameia (the King's daughter who will marry Pelops if her suitor wins the race).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 08, 2014

Updated Last Revision: Nov 04, 2016


Media Credits

Athenian red-clay vase, described above, maintained by Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Arezzo, Italy.  Image online, courtesy Oxford University.

 

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