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In Greek mythology, Hippodameia was the beautiful daughter of Oinomaos (Oenamaus), King of Pisa (a town on the Peloponnesian Peninsula).  

Although she wanted to marry, Hippodameia had a major problem.  Her father was afraid of an oracle's prophecy that he would die at the hands of his son-in-law.  

Believing the prophecy, and not wishing to die, Oinomaos found a way to keep his daughter from marrying any of her suitors.

Together with her father and Pelops (a suitor whom the princess ultimately married), Hippodameia was featured as a character adorning the east pediment of the Temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia. 

Although the original statue no longer exists as a complete work of art, we can view a replica (made by expert casters).

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (known as FAU), located in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg (in Bavaria, Germany).  

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