Relief with dancing warriors.

Marble. Neo-Attic work of the first half of the 1st cent. BCE after an Athenian relief of the second half of 4th cent. BCE.
Inv. No. 321.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Pius-Clementine Museum, Room of the Muses, 66
(Musei Vaticani, Museo Pio-Clementino)

Description:
The warriors, wearing helmets with long feathers, are performing the Pyrrhic. This dance, possibly of Cretan origin, consisted of beating rythmically with oneís sword on the next manís shield. The model for the Neo-Attic work, dating to the first half of the 1st century BC, is probably a very well known Athenian relief that had already been copied in the second half of the first century BC (inv. 321).
Credits:
© 2013. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
© 2013. Details: museum annotation
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Keywords: marble relief with dancing warriors Roman copy Corybantian dance Korybantes Corybantes Corybants Korybandes Kurbantes warriors warrior soldier soldiers shield Greek helmet dance dances military Pyrrhichios dance Pyrrhic dance Inv No 321 SM 66
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