Athena Promachos

Athena Promachos was an immense statue of Athena that was placed on the Acropolis, to be encountered first as one entered through the Propylaia. The colossal bronze statue is lost to us, but we have descriptions from ancient times to know that it was the creation of Pheidias, and that it was so large that ships approaching the coast of Attica could see Athena’s spear.

It stood on the Acropolis until the late 5th c. CE when it was moved to the forum of Constantine in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. It was subsequently taken apart by rioters in 1203 CE.







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