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Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: John Pullen, Olivia Lewman
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Denise Candelo, Tom Elliott, Brady Kiesling, Adam Rabinowitz, Angelo Reyes, Katie Smidt
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Last modified Jun 07, 2018 08:36 PM History
The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates is a round structure erected in 334 BC in Athens to honor the victory of a choregos in a dramatic competition.

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The Lysicrates monument is on the ancient street of Tripodon near the Athenian Acropolis. It was erected in 334 BC to honor Lysicrates, the son of Lysitheides, for the victory in dramatic competition of a chorus for which he served as choregos. This monument was one of many lining this street, which ran near the theater of Dionysus, and like them bore an inscription that provides the date and the identity of the honoree. The monument, executed in Pentelic marble, takes the form of a cylinder with a conical roof; around the cylinder are a series of engaged columns with Corinthian capitals, and above these is a figural frieze. This represents one of the first uses of the elaborate Corinthian order on the exterior of a building. The frieze represents a scene from the mythical biography of Dionysus, in which he transforms pirates who have captured him into dolphins. The sculptural element at the peak of the roof would originally have held the bronze tripod awarded as the prize in the competition.


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John Pullen, Olivia Lewman, Jeffrey Becker, Denise Candelo, Tom Elliott, Brady Kiesling, Adam Rabinowitz, Angelo Reyes, and Katie Smidt, 'Choragic Monument of Lysicrates: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/813654446> [accessed: 22 September 2018]

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