PANATHENAIC SHIPS: The Iconographic Evidence Academic Article uri icon


  • The author examines the limited surviving iconographic evidence for the physical appearance of the Panathenaic ship. The Calendar Frieze on the Church of Ayios Eleutherios (Little Metropolis) in Athens presumably depicts the 12 Athenian months, with the Panathenaic ship representing the month of Hekatombaion. Although badly damaged, the frieze preserves details of the vessel, its rig, and land transport system. This representation demonstrates clearly that the Panathenaic ship is patterned after an Archaic galley. A ship model/lamp from the Erechtheion may represent the Panathenaic ship. Finally, the author evaluates two additional ship representations-one from the Kerameikos and one from the City Eleusinion-identifed previously as representations of the Panathenaic ship. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

published proceedings

  • Hesperia The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

author list (cited authors)

  • Shelley Wachsmann.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM