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Athena battling Alkyoneos at the Altar of Zeus

Detail of frieze at Pergamon, Altar of Zeus: Athena battling Alkyoneos
Carved from marble, this frieze perfectly embodies High Hellenistic art, which is characterized by complex, dynamic movement, rich effects of light, and intense expressions. The frieze depicts the gods battling giants, as they so often did. Ge (Earth) is pleading with Athena, the central figure, who is wearing the aegis of protection.
Photo credit / Pergamon Museum, Berlin Khan Academy