Pottery: Three Greek Runners

Pottery: Three Greek Runners

Greek Amphora with Painting of Three Runners

Greek Amphora with Painting of Three Runners

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A Greek amphora bears a black painting of three men running to the right. They are nude, which suggests that they are competing in one of the Panhellenic festivals. Painted patterns decorate the top and bottom of the vase.


Artifact: c. 540 AD

Photo: May 2014


This Greek amphora bears a painting of three men running. Their nudity suggests they are competing in the stadion, diaulos, or dolichos events (races of increasing distance) at the Olympic Games or one of the other Panhellenic festivals.

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Greek Stadion | Greek Diaulos | Greek Dolichos | Olympic Games | Panhellenic Games

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