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Pottery: Ganymede With Hoop and Rooster
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Pottery: Ganymede With Hoop and Rooster

Pottery Painting of Ganymede With a Hoop and Rooster

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Bibi Saint-Pol

A pottery painting depicts Ganymede, a Greek mythological hero, holding a hoop and elater (stick) in his right hand and a rooster in his left hand. He is nude except for a wreath on his head.


Artifact: 500–490 BC

Photo: May 2007


This Greek pottery painting depicts the mythological divine hero Ganymede. In his right hand he holds a hoop and elater, used to strike the hoop. Hoop rolling was a fairly common practice among boys and men in Greco-Roman society, and was even practiced in the gymnasium.

At the time of photograph, this artifact was housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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König, J. (2005). Athletics and literature in the Roman empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.