Battle of the Gods and Giants

Battle of the Gods and Giants

Date ca. 530 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Marble

Height 26

Provenance North frieze of the Treasury of the Siphnians, Delphi, Siphnos

Housed at Archaeological Museum, Delphi


Sculptors filled the frieze and pediment of the Siphnian Treasury with a multitude of mythological scenes. As in the Temple of Artemis at Corfu, deities here engage in a ferocious battle against mortal giants. By carving the sculptures in the round towards the bottom, while opting for a shallower relief at the top, the figures pop out towards the viewer, adding another sense of depth and naturalism in this already lively narrative.