Relief fragment depicting athletic prizes, mid–Imperial, Antonine, 2nd century a.d.
Marble; H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm), L. 26 3/8 in. (67.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1959 (59.11.19)
On this dedicatory relief are representations of the standard prizes awarded at four venues in Greece: an amphora of olive oil from the Panathenaic games at Athens, a shield from the games at Argos, and two wreaths (of pine and celery) from the prestigious Panhellenic games at Isthmia and Nemea respectively. Such games, which were very much part of the Greek tradition, flourished in Roman times. Many cities continued to host them, and individuals—the winner from Rhamnous who commissioned this relief, for example—gained much fame and fortune from their victories.