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View of the top of the “choregic monument” of Lysikrates.
The carved frieze around the top depicts Dionysus turning pirates into dolphins — a topic possibly related to the drama for which the prize was given. The cluster of acanthus leaves that protrudes from the top actually supported a bronze tripod that Lysikrates had won. Click on the image to enlarge and to view the details. To view the details of the frieze Click Here .
The base is composed of six columns of Pentelic marble that are surmounted by Corinthian capitals (some of the earliest examples known). In between the columns are panels of light blue Hymettian marble.
For a description of this monument and its function Click Here .