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Metope from the Parthenon marbles depicting a Centaur and a Lapith fighting
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Metope from the Parthenon marbles depicting a Centaur and a Lapith fighting

In classical architecture, a metope is the space between two triglyphs of a Doric frieze. Metopes were often decorated with carvings; the most famous example is the 92 metopes of the frieze of the Parthenon marbles depicting the battle between the Centaurs and the Lapiths. The term derives from Greek, from meta (between) and ope (an opening for the end of a beam)


In Greek mythology, Metope was a river nymph, the daughter of the river Ladon. She married the river Asopus by whom she had a daughter named Sinope (also Thebe).


Metopes (Opus 29) is a work for piano solo by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. It draws on Greek mythology, specifically the Odyssey of Homer, for its three movements The Isle of the Sirens, Calypso, and Nausicaa. The work may have been inspired by the metopes of the temple of Selinunte.

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