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Panathenaia

The inscription on this Panathenaic amphora reads 'One of the prizes from Athens!'. It was the prize for a chariot race. The vase has an illustration of a chariot race on its other side.

The Panathenaia was a huge festival held at Athens in Athena's honour. All sections of Athenian society were involved: men, women, citizens, slaves and foreigners living in Athens. The festival consisted of sacrifices, competitions and a huge procession to present a new robe to the ancient statue of Athena on the Acropolis.