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West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia

Drawing of pediment

Drawing. A.F.Stewart, Greek Sculpture, fig. 263

The west pediment has battling groups of Centaurs and young Lapith men and women attending the marriage of their king Peirithoos. The drunken Centaurs broke up the wedding feast, but are fought off, with the help of the King's friend Theseus. The god Apollo stands at the centre, in control. These are among the most striking Early Classical sculptures, with surprising elements of expression far removed from the later idealising styles of the Parthenon.

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