Sculpture and Society in Archaic and Classical Athens
Chapter I: Introduction: Athenian sculpture in context
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Introduction: Athenian sculpture in context
Parthenos, Telesinos of Kettos dedicated a statue on the Akropolis If it pleases you, allow that he dedicate another1
I.1 Sculpture and the Athenians
In the final years of the sixth century BC, one Telesinos of Kettos offered a statuette of Athena Promachos to the goddess on the Akropolis of Athens (Plate 1).2 Not an unusual event; many of his fellow Athenians had preceded him, and many would follow in centuries to come. What stands out is the dedicatory inscription on the column, in which Telesinos urges Athena to provide the means for another votive. His eagerness makes one wonder whether he succeeded. A man by the name of Telesinos served as archon in 487/6, and it is tempting to identify these two as the same, as evidence of the goddess’ continuing favour. The fact that no second dedicatory inscription by Telesinos was found in Athens is inconclusive: he might have offered a gift to Athena elsewhere, or his dedication may have been ← 1 | 2 →lost over the centuries. Then again, he might not have set up anything because she did not grant his wish, or because he did not survive the great conflict of his time, the Persian Wars.
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