Mythology in Selinunte’s metopes

Metope di Selinunte, Museo archeologico regionale “Antonino Salinas” di Palermo - Selinunte Metopes, Palermo’s “Antonino Salinas” Regional Archaeological Museum

Artemis and Actaeon (5th century, Temple E)

Selinunte, now in the municipality of Castelvetrano, was probably founded in 657 BC by people from Megara Hyblaea. Once the westernmost Greek colony in Sicily, it stands today as Europe’s biggest archaeological park.

The city’s urban layout started developing in the early decades of the 6th century. It was monumentalized between 560 and 460 BC, with some smaller temples being built even on a hill not far from its sacred area.

Beautiful metopes – stone and marble tiles with bas-relief carvings, typically used by Greek architects in Doric friezes – decorated various big and small temples within the acropolis. Some were created by the local school of sculptors, which formed over a century, and represent characters and events of classic Greek mythology.

Currently displayed in Palermo’s “Antonino Salinas” Regional Archaeological Museum, you can find Perseus and Heracles, Kore and Demeter, the Delphic triad and Europe on the bull – all represented on these incredible works of ancient art.

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November 25, 2016

Mythology in Selinunte’s metopes

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