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Published in: Journal Of Hellenic Religion, , Vol. 7, 1-20.


Inspiration is only one aspect of the Athenian classical art. Life outdoors stimulated not only commercial, but also social exchange, as well as religious, political and philosophical activity. These social aspects seem to have had a more powerful thematic influence on art rather than the artistic imagination per se. Through the analysis of a particular example of iconography (an amphoriskos of the Heimarmene Painter, c. 430 BC), the present paper aims at examining the way in which the ‘sacred powers’, and the affinities between the depicted Goddesses and deities—Nemesis, Tyche, Themis, Heimarmene, Aphrodite, Peitho, Himeros, Helen—are represented in art. It is suggested that this iconographic evidence may indicate the operative value of the couple Nemesis-Tyche in religious, social, and philosophical symbolism.

Keywords: Art,Athens,Heimarmene Painter,Nemesis,Tyche,Themis,Aphrodite,Goddesses,religion,social,symbolism

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