Attic votive relief

From Sounion, near the temple of Athena. Around 460 BC.
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The naked adolescent, certainly victorious, is depicted at the moment he is crowing himself or getting ready to dedicate his prize to the goddess Athena as a thanksgiving offering for his victory. His expression conveys a profoundly religious feeling. Equally profound also is his political consciousness, an outcome of the democratic freedom of his city