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Choragic Monument of Lysicrates


Choragic Monument of Lysicrates


Scale model of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. Origin site is Athens, Greece circa 334 BCE.

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Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Greece

Height (cm/in)

116.84 cm / 46 in

Width (cm/in)

34.29 cm / 13.5 in

Depth (cm/in)

34.29 cm / 13.5 in


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture


The monument was erected in Athens around 334 BCE. and is made of pentelic marble. The choragic monument was erected by a wealthy patron of the arts named Lysikrates, to commemorate a first place award for one of his productions. Although this is the only extant choragic monument in Greece, we have literary evidence from Virgil's Aeneid (written between 29–19 BCE) that others existed. The original structure has a foundation that is 9.5 feet square, with an edifice that is 13 feet high. The monument is the first known use of the Corinthian order on the exterior of a building. It has been reproduced many times in the United States and Europe as architectural decoration for buildings that were part of the Greek Revival style of the 19th century.


Choragic Monument of Lysicrates


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