No. D 139-149
Date Range: 4th century BC
L. 80m, double series
Material: limestone
Collection: Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

  • Besiegement of fortified town
  • The emperor and his wife on their throne
  • Threatened gate
  • Refugees with their possessions

Originally this relief decorated the Heroon, a burial site of an unknown Lycian local ruler. Several militant scenes are shown on 156 panels. On the west wall of the relief „a siege of a bastioned city“ is displayed. The main characters in this scene are the enthroned ruler, the servant with a sunshade as well as the praying commander, who do not participate in the war. In addition, a sacrifice of a ram is shown, which is carried out by a kneeling servant.
The other panel shows fleeing citizens, who try to save their belongings. Further military scenes reflect a large range of ancient weapons and suits of armour, for example, Egyptian sickle swords, Hittite head coverings and Greek armaments for hoplites.



W. Oberleitner, Das Heroon von Trysa (Mainz 1994)
A.M. Snodgrass, Wehr und Waffen im antiken Griechenland (Mainz 1976)
H.D. Szemethy, Die Erwerbungsgeschichte des Heroons von Trysa (Wien 2005)

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