Agora Publication: AgoraPicBk 24 (1998)
Title:   Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora
Author:   Camp, J.
Abstract:   This concise and beautifully illustrated book demonstrates the many roles played by the horse in the lives of the Greeks, from its place in myth and early history to its significance as a marker of social status and its use in warfare, transportation, games, and festivals. From their arrival in Greece, at the start of the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000 B.C.), horses were a powerful symbol of rank. Bridles and other horse trappings are often found in graves, alongside vases depicting horses grazing, racing, and parading. Sculpture is also full of horse imagery, from monumental equestrian statues (a bronze leg and gilded sword are all that remain from one of these) to tiny terracotta figurines, perhaps a child’s toys. As well as presenting many examples of horse imagery found in the Agora, the author reports on recent finds near the ancient hipparcheion, the stables of the Athenian cavalry.
Series Title:   Excavations of the Athenian Agora: Picture Book
Publication Place:   Princeton
Publisher:   The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Volume:   24
Edition:   1
Date:   1998
ISBN:   0876616392
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PDF:   AgoraPicBk-24.pdf
References:   Image: 2007.10.0092 (LCT-124)
Image: 2004.02.0065 (LCT-43)
Image: 2004.02.0010 (LCT-106)
Objects (58)
Coin: N 2625
Coin: N 3555
Coin: N 5289
Deposit: D 16:4