Drinking cup (kylix) depicting pentathletes

Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
the Proto-Panaitian Group

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 072.


Overall: 7.6 x 29.8 cm (3 x 11 3/4 in.) Other (Diameter of vessel): 23.3 cm (9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Interior: Youth with a jumping weight (halter) in each hand, running to right. He looks back over his shoulder indicating that he is probably not about to jump. Two javelins appear vertically behind him. Inscribed “Athenodotos is handsome” (ATHENODOTOS KALOS)

Exterior side A: A youth runs to the left, looking back. The youth behind him carries a pick used to loosen the dirt in the jumping pit. At the far left another athlete picks up a javelin, with a thong in his other hand.

Exterior side B: Two youths holding javelins run to the right. A third athlete runs, holding a pair jumping weights in his left hand and gesturing with his right. Inscribed “The boy is handsome” (HO PAIS KALOS)


Interior: "Athenodotos is handsome" (on interior) (ATHENODOTOS KALOS)
Exterior Side B: "The boy is handsome" (on exterior) (HO PAIS KALOS)


Date unknown: said to have been in Hartwig's possession; by date unknown; with Francesco Martinetti, who said it was found in a tomb in the Via Campagna (or Campania) at Santa Maria di Capua Vetere (ancient Capua); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (acquired just after Francesco Martinetti's death); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund