The battle between the Romans and the Parthians
Scene from a cycle “Parthian war” of the Parthian frieze from Ephesos.
Dolomitic marble from Thasos.
After 169 (166?) CE.
Vienna, Ephesos MuseumPhoto by Ilya Shurygin

The battle between the Romans and the Parthians.

Scene from a cycle “Parthian war” of the Parthian frieze from Ephesos.
Dolomitic marble from Thasos.
After 169 (166?) CE.

Vienna, Ephesos Museum
(Wien, Ephesos Museum).

Description:
The... slab, which must be possibly placed at the center of the composition, is dominated by the figure of a warrior about to inflict the final blow with his sword to his opponent. He does not wear armour but only a short chiton. The warrior’s classical pose is characteristic for figures of heroes during this era. He could possibly be identified as Virtus or a hero fighting with the Romans, for example the Ephesian Androclos. Next to this hero fights a mounted Roman general. Apart from the typical Roman attire he also wears anaxirides, something which may suggest a foreign descent. Stähler believes that it is L. Verus’ general, Avidius Cassius. The roman rider which turns his back toward the viewer in the following slab could be identified as the expedition’s second general Statius Priscus).
Credits:
© 2012. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
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