Marble relief (Block XV) from the North frieze of the Parthenon. The frieze shows the procession of the Panathenaic festival, the commemoration of the birthday of the goddess Athena. This block shows the remains of a chariot, a charioteer, foot-soldier and a marshal. A team of horses pull a chariot-carriage. The horses are being reined back and we feel the concentration of energy in the complex gathering of the horses’ rear legs. The soldier drops one leg to the earth and prepares to slip from the carriage. His upper body and the greater part of the charioteer, who stands behind him, are lost. The two hands of the charioteer that held the reins are preserved, as is a small part of the right upper arm. A marshal stands on the far side of the chariot; most of his head is lost. For more information on the North frieze see North frieze Block XLVII. The northern branch of the procession follows a similar pattern to the southern.
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