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A gift for the goddess Athena
Depicted in the middle of the east frieze is the most important, yet most enigmatic moment in the Panathenaic procession, the ceremony of handing over the peplos, the gift of the Athenians to the goddess Athena. Beside them a venerable figure, perhaps the King-Archon and a boy together hold the peplos. There has been much discussion as to who is giving, who receiving the peplos in order to take it to the statue, the King–Archon to the boy or the boy to the King–Archon.

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