Herakles abducts Iole
Relief in the Archeological Museum of Piraeus. It represents the hero Herakles mounting a four-horse chariot (quadriga) and holding Iole, whom he has abducted. In front of the chariot a youth in the role of nymphagogos (escort of the bride).
This sculptured plaque was found, among others, in the harbour of Piraeus in the winter of 1930-31. They were part of the cargo of a wrecked ship, the destination of which had been Italy. All plaques come from the same Attic workshop and were executed around the middle of the second century AD. The plaques were intended for decoration of various buildings in Rome.