Angell, Samuel
Sculptured metopes discovered amongst the ruins of the ancient city of Selinus in Sicily by William Harris and Samuel Angell in the year 1823 — London, 1826

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not represented in action, but appear just read; tor the course;
they are very highly relieved, the heads, necks, and fore-legs
being quite detached from the ground of the metope: they are
remarkably small in proportion to the figures behind them, even
exceeding the disproportion so common in this respect in Greek
sculpture, but well adapted to give greater dignity to the human
figure by comparison ; they are designed and sculptured with
much spirit, and there is more grace and elegance in their forms
than could reasonably be expected in such early examples of an-
cient art1. A side view of the head and neck of one of the
horses is introduced, to shew the manner of plaiting the mane.

The car is of very simple form; the wheels are not perforat-
ed, they project from the ground of the metope about one half
of their diameter. The two centre horses only2 have the ap-
pearance of being fastened to the yoke, which is attached to the

' The elevated and arched nut prominent eye, extended nostrils, small cars, and short
loins of these horses, answer well to the forms in horses to which Xenopholi gives the pre-
ference. Xenopli. do He Equest. c. i. Thus also Virgil,

" ■-------- illi ardua cervix,

Argutumque caput, hrcvis alms, obesaqne terga,
Luxuriatquc toris animosum pectus—". <jeorc. in.

1 " The chariot first introduced into the Olympic Hippodrome was tfie tsXiis* agpa, or
complete chariot, so named cither because it was drawn by full-aged horses, or because it
was drawn by four horses, which numkr seems to have made a complete set among the
ancients. These four horses were all ranged abreast, the two middle ones only were har-
nessed to the chariot by the yoke, from whence they were railed Zygii; the two side horses
were fastened either to the yoke or some other part of the chariot by their traces, and were
called Parian, Paraseiri, Hciraphori, and Seirai. and their reins or traces Scira; and Parcu-
riffi." Lee's Pindar, s. xm.

In the representations of the quadriga upon the inicicnl ruin, ihc same arrangement is

observable,
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