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Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD
Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD - Ancient Art Style Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD -
Ref : 93697
3 600 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Marble
Dimensions :
L. 9.06 inch X H. 10.24 inch X P. 1.18 inch
Ancient Art  - Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD BC to 10th century - Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD
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Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris - 3rd century AD

Roman marble relief depicting de Judgement of Paris
Roman art, 3rd century AD
26 x 23 x 3 cm
Mounted on a green marble base


Sitting in profile and almost lying down, wearing an exomis, Pâris is represented as a handsome young man, flanked by his dog. We recognize the protagonist of the scene by the presence of the pedum (the sheperd’s crook) which alludes to his childhood as a shepherd and by the Phrygian cap because Pâris, son of Priam, was reputed to be of Phrygian origin.
This fragment probably represents the judgment of Paris, the first account of which is found in the Cyprian Songs, a lost epic of the "Trojan Cycle" whose events take place before those of the Iliad.
The story of judgment would have been well know to most upper-class Romans. A prince of Troy who had been raised as a shepherd, Paris is charged one day with the formidable task of deciding which of three Greek Goddesses – Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite – is the most beautiful.
Each offers to the shepherd prince a gift in return of his vote. While Hera and Athena present the nobler bribes, world power and victory in battle respectively, Paris is ultimately swayed by Aphrodite ’s offer of Helen. He name the love goddess winner and soon goes to Sparta to claim his prize, thus setting the Trojan war in motion. As a result of this famous outcome, the judgement was often viewed in antiquity as the spark that ultimately ignited the war, and paris blamed as its unwitting architect.

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