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Great Altar of Zeus -- Pergamon: Nyx, Goddess of Night (or perhaps one of the Mo
2nd c BCE Greek Greek Hellenistic Sculpture

GREEK HELLENISTIC Anonymous (323 BCE - 30 BCE)
GREEK HELLENISTIC Anonymous (323 BCE - 30 BCE) Primary
180 BCE-175 BCE
2nd c BCE
Marble
High relief
Greek Hellenistic
Altarpiece
Bergama (Pergamon). Aegean Region. Asia Minor. Turkey.
Berlin. Pergamon Museum (Antiken-Sammlung)[Antiquities Coll.]
brlm0648
Part of the Great Altar of Zeus or otherwise known as the Pergamon Altar – this image is a frontal view of the N. frieze. Many scholars identify the center female figure with robes as Nyx (the Goddess of Night) and others proposing it may be one of the Moirai (the Goddesses of Fate). The goddess is fighting various Giants. This frieze is a smaller part of a 113 m. long frieze called Gigantomachy. This single event is the mythical Battle of Giants where the Greek Gods and Giants did battle. With the help of Heracles the Gods triumph over the Giants.

Caption: GREEK HELLENISTIC Anonymous | Great Altar of Zeus. Pergamon. Nyx, Goddess of Night (or perhaps one of the Moiras) - Detail of N. frieze. | 180 BCE-175 BCE | Greek | Hellenistic | ©Mark Levy |

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