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Standing like three-legged baldachins

13 June 2014

Maxin Atayants

A monumental golden (or gilded bronze) tripod, set up on a pedestal, is viewed through a screen of columns in this Second Style wall-painting in the Roman villa at Oplontis (the modern Torre Annunziata, in Campania, Italy), which is one of the illustrations for Mark Wilson Jones's scholarly argument in Origins of Classical Architecture: Temples, orders and gifts to the gods in Ancient Greece (Yale, £40 (£36); 978-0-300-18276-7). "So multivalent and universal was the sacred charge of the tripod that it would indeed make a particularly fitting temple ornament,"he writes

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