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The Attalid victory at Magnesia on a lost plaque from Pergamon

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 June 2016

Michael J. Taylor*
Affiliation:
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Abstract

This article explores the battle scene on a small bronze plaque recovered during the 19th-century excavation of Pergamon, initially published in 1913 and subsequently lost. It argues that the most likely identification of the scene is the Battle of Magnesia, fought in 190 BC. The scene features Attalid cavalry riding to the rescue of distressed Roman legionaries, both fighting in opposition to Antiochus the Great's heavy phalanx and Gallic cavalry. The heroics of the Attalid cavalry are central to the scene, and likely reflect a courtly narrative that gave Eumenes II and his small contingent outsized credit for the joint victory.

Özet

Bu makalede, 19. Yüzyılda Pergamon kazılarında bulunan, 1913 yılında yayınlanmış ve daha sonra kaybolmuş küçük bir bronz levha üzerindeki savaş sahnesi incelenmektedir. Bu sahnenin büyük olasılıkla M.Ö. 190 yılında gerçekleşen Magnesia Savaşı’nı betimlediği ileri sürülmektedir. Sahnede, Büyük Antiochus’un ağır piyadelerine ve Galya süvarilerine karşı savaşan Roma lejyonerlerini kurtarmaya giden Attalid süvarileri gösterilmiştir. Sahnenin merkezinde yer alan kahraman Attalid süvarileri büyük olasılıkla, birlikte kazanılan zafer için haddinden fazla itibar gösterilen II. Eumenes ve onun küçük birliğinin hikayesini yansıtmaktadır.

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Copyright © The British Institute at Ankara 2016 

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