Relief with Athena, Herakles and a battle

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period, Trajanic or Hadrianic
A.D. 98–138


Height: 0.25 m. length: 0.60 m.

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mount Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View


The Ancient World



Minerva stands at the left, a spear in her right hand, a shield on her left arm. At her left, Hercules, facing front, his club in his left hand, places a wreath on his head with his right hand. In the scene of combat, a second Heracles raises a club in his right hand to strike a kneeling figure at his feet. A horseman, shield on his left arm, moves in from the right. There is a pilaster (anta) at the right of the scene.


By 1995: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1 (Antiquities auction, July 6, 1995, lot 95); purchased at the Sotheby's auction by Jerome M. Eisenberg; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, May 22, 1996

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg in honor of Cornelius C. Vermeule III