The Frieze of the East side

On the east side, the “divine” side of the frieze, the gods are shown seated on stools. This was the only way in which they could be fitted into the frieze, given their large size. Due to the sacred nature of the east side, no animals are included there, while it the only side where women are depicted. The “peplos” offering, the highest moment of the ritual is depicted in the center, exactly above the main entrance to the temple. The high priest and a boy are shown carrying the garment. A priestess and two smaller female figures are also present. To the left and right of the garment, the gods are seated; between them stands Iris behind Hera. Between the gods and the procession are the heroes of Attica, six on the left and four on the right, after whom the tribes of Athens were named.





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