Cavalry uniforms on the Parthenon frieze?

Stevenson, T. R. (2003) Cavalry uniforms on the Parthenon frieze?. American Journal of Archaeology, 107 4: 629-654.

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Author Stevenson, T. R.
Title Cavalry uniforms on the Parthenon frieze?
Journal name American Journal of Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9114
Publication date 2003-10
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 107
Issue 4
Start page 629
End page 654
Total pages 26
Editor R. B. Hitchner
Place of publication Princeton, NY., U.S.A.
Publisher Archaeological Institute of America
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
780199 Other
430110 History - Classical Greek and Roman
Abstract In examining the horsemen on the Parthenon frieze, particularly those on the south side, several commentators have flirted more or less openly with the concept of a cavalry 'uniform', either for different tribes or for different festivals. Through an examination of relevant literature, small-scale art, and the Parthenon frieze itself, I argue that the idea is without strong foundation. literature, vases, and small-scale reliefs indicate that cavalry dress was not prescribed at either state or tribal level but was the responsibility of each cavalryman. Variety rather than uniformity was the natural result. Even when we sense that artists are depicting cavalrymen as types, there is considerable variation in the detail of their dress, and there are significant differences between the small-scale depictions and the Parthenon frieze. The south frieze of the Parthenon does indeed distinguish ranks or riders by employing distinctive dress, but the north frieze employs a different method, concentrating upon foregrounding and pose. One cannot theorize from the south frieze alone. The degree to which the frieze may be used a a documentary source is called into question.
Keyword Archaeology
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes This paper, along with the other published in 2003, are my most significant productions to date, dealing with the Parthenon Frieze. The American Journal of Archaeology, which has a very high rejection rate, is certainly the top academic journal for classical archaeology and art history in the USA. The American Journal of Archaeology is a tier-one journal without question.

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