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The image is of a cast mounted on a wall which features a woman holding a shield passing something to a man across from her. It features rows of Greek text including a label of Kios above the man’s head.

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Decrees for an Alliance between Athens and Kios in the Bosphorus

Inscribed Stele from Propylaia, Acropolis, Athens
Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: 406 BCE - 405 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 28 x 10.25 x 12.25 in. (71.12 x 26.04 x 31.12 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster cast after marble original
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Accession Number: L1991.14
On View: DiMenna-Nyselius Library LL115

This cast was taken from a marble original now located in the Acropolis Museum in Athens . The original stele was discovered in the Propylaia in 1837. The upper portion of the relief depicts goddess Athena greeting Kios, the mythical hero and namesake of the city of Kios who was believed to be a companion of Herakles or Herucules.

The inscription on the lower portion of the stele contains a decree commemorating an alliance between Athens and the city of Kios in acknowledgement of Kios' assistance in negotiating the return of several Athenian ambassadors who had been taken hostage by the Persions ca. 406 BCE.


Catalogue of the Collection of Casts. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1910, 113, #771


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