Auction 124, Lot 552

"[Lot of 2] Essai sur la Topographie d'Olympie dresse uniquement sur le Rapport des Auteurs Anciens… [and] L'Elide et la Triphylie…", Barbie du Bocage, Jean Denis

Subject: Greece, Olympics

Period: 1791 (published)

Publication: Les Voyages du jeune Anacharsis en Greece

Color: Hand Color

See Description

The first is an interesting plan that illustrates the site of the ancient Olympics on a grassy plain, north of the Alpheios River. The plan of Olympia locates the prominent structures including the theater, the stadium (for the footraces), and the hippodrome (for horse races). It also depicts the Temple de Jupiter (Zeus) and the altar at which the contestants took their oaths, which was believed to have been the place that Zeus threw a lightning bolt (11.3 x 7.2"). The second map describes the western part of the Peloponnesos Peninsula - Elis and Triphylia in ancient times. The first Olympic festival was organized in Elis, at Olympia, which is located at approximately the center of the map (6.8 x 8"). These maps were drawn according to the ancient account of Pausanias and published in an imaginary travel journal by Jean Jacques Barthelemy, a historical fiction set in ancient Greece with a title that translates to The Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $160 - $220

Sold for: $80

Closed on 5/7/2008