Two athletes; lampadedromia
Red-figure bell-crater. Apulia.
Clay. First half of the 4th century BCE.
Height 21 cm.
Inv. No. IV 3734.Vienna, Museum of Art History, Collection of Classical Antiquities

Two athletes; lampadedromia.

Red-figure bell-crater. Apulia.
Clay. First half of the 4th century BCE.
Height 21 cm.
Inv. No. IV 3734.

Vienna, Museum of Art History, Collection of Classical Antiquities
(Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum)

Origin:
Unknown.
Description:
On the vase, a lampadedromia is represented. Two young athletes are running towards their goal. In this relay race, the first to reach the altar renewed the sacred fire, which had become impure. Although this race had religious origins, it lost its religious associations yet remained successful as a sports event.
After the creation of the cult festival in honour of Hephaistos in 421—420 BC, scenes of torch races appear frequently on Greek vases.
D. Vanhove
Literature:
K. Gschwantler — W. Oberleitner, Götter, Heroen, Menschen — Antikes Leben im Spiegel der Kunst (Vienna, 1974) no. 250 p. 79. F. Eichler, CVA Oesterreich 3, Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum III (Vienna, 1974) I, pi. 138, 1—2 and p. 36. A. Bernard Walcher — Mag. Johann Lehner, Alltag, Feste, Religion — Antikes Leben aufgriechischen Vasen (Vienna, 1991) no. 9 p. 58.
Credits:
© 1993. Photo, text: Olympism in antiquity. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 59 cat. no. 2.
© Photographic credits — I. Kitbitschka (Kunsthistorisches Museum-Vienna).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
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