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La moisson et les pigeons. Note sur l’assise sommitale du pilier de Prusias à Delphes

Abstract : The remains of the pillar of Prusias, next to the temple of Apollon at Delphi, have generated much comment. Indeed, the course that supported the equestrian statue of the king of Bithynia presents112 mortises, above and beyond the attachment holes of the statue itself. Until the present, it has been thought that these cavities served to attach vegetal elements, ears of corn reaped by a laborer or, after the identification of the base as belonging to the pillar of Prusias, a field of corn signifying the beneficence of the king. A trail of textual and archaeological indications prompts a different interpretation for this enigmatic arrangement. The mortises would have served the insertion of bronze points (obeloi or meniskoi) forming a system of protection against defacement by birds, as is occasionally the case in sculpture and in temple architecture.
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Amélie Perrier. La moisson et les pigeons. Note sur l’assise sommitale du pilier de Prusias à Delphes. Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique, Ecole Française d'Athènes, 2008, 132 (1), pp.257-270. ⟨10.3406/bch.2008.7502⟩. ⟨hal-02464296⟩



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