Quadriga Chariot at Full Speed

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Carole Raddato
published on 10 June 2024
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This Panathenaic prize amphora shows a quadriga chariot drawn by four horses at full speed, with the white stele (marker) representing the finish line. This vase belongs to a distinctive type given as a prize to the winner of the chariot race in the ancient games held at Athens during the yearly festival known as the Panathenaia. The festival honoured Athena, the city's patron deity. The vase would have been one of 140, each containing 40 litres of olive oil, given to the winner. This amphora was made in Athens, c. 410-400 BCE and found at Taucheira in Cyrenaica, modern Libya.

The British Museum, London.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2024, June 10). Quadriga Chariot at Full Speed. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/19067/quadriga-chariot-at-full-speed/

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Raddato, Carole. "Quadriga Chariot at Full Speed." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 10, 2024. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/19067/quadriga-chariot-at-full-speed/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Quadriga Chariot at Full Speed." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Jun 2024. Web. 11 Jul 2024.