Dying Warrior

Dying Warrior

Date ca. 480 BCE

Movement Greek | Archaic

Medium Marble

Length 6′

Provenance East Pediment of the Temple of Aphaia, Aegina, Greece

Housed at Glyptothek, Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich, Germany


In just a short number of years, sculptors make a dramatic advancement in portraying naturalism in their works. Unlike its earlier counterpart on the west pediment, the dying warrior’s body here is contorted in agony as he inches towards the ground and his death; his weight fully gives in to weakness, bringing his body closer to the viewer as he struggles to keep himself propped upon his shield; his facial expression amplifies his body’s contortion, and conveys true pain and agony—not an archaic and misleading smile.