The Centaur Frieze of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 May 2016
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This is a marble slab of the so-called Centaur frieze of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, also known as the Tomb of Mausolus. The whole frieze depicts a violent conflict between Greeks and Centaurs. Here on this slab, we can recognize 3 figures; 2 Greeks and a woman, and parts of two Centaurs. The woman is depicted wearing a chiton belted at the waist and a himation; her right breast is bare. This representation of the woman's clothing may suggest that she had been assaulted by a Centaur but has escaped or been rescued.

The Centaurs were invited to the wedding of the Lapith king Perithoos, but they became inebriated and tried to carry off the Lapith woman. A violent battle ensured after then. Found built into the walls of the castle of St Peter, Bodrum. Circa 350 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 29). The Centaur Frieze of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5084/the-centaur-frieze-of-the-mausoleum-at-halicarnass/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Centaur Frieze of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 29, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5084/the-centaur-frieze-of-the-mausoleum-at-halicarnass/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Centaur Frieze of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 29 May 2016. Web. 04 Aug 2021.