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Part of the Gigantomachy frieze of the Great Altar of Zeus. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
|Detail of the Gigantomachy frieze on the south side of the entrance stairway to the Great Altar of Zeus from the Pergamon Acropolis.
The frieze around the outside of the Altar depicts a battle between the Olympian gods and giants. It is thought that the scene was used as a metaphor for Pergamon’s victory over the Galatians (Gauls).
The goddess Rhea in combat. Part of the Gigantomachy frieze, on the southwest corner of the front of the Zeus altar.
Plan of the Great Altar of Zeus, showing the original locations of the friezes.
Model of the Great Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
Detail of the south side of the entrance stairway to the Great Altar of Zeus
from the Pergamon Acropolis. Now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
The site of the Great Altar of Zeus on the Pergamon Acropolis.
See photos on gallery pages 21 - 23.
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