Roger Payne (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
13" x 12" (340mm x 300mm)Date:
1980This is the original Watercolour painting by Roger Payne.
Peisistratos was a tyrant of Athens from 546 to 527/8 BC. His legacy lies primarily in his institution of the Panathenaic Festival and the consequent first attempt at producing a definitive version for Homeric epics.
Peisistratos' championing of the lower class of Athens, the Hyperakrioi, can be seen as an early example of populism or even socialism. While in power,
Peisistratos did not hesitate to confront the aristocracy, and he greatly reduced their privileges, confiscated their lands and gave them to the poor, and funded many religious and artistic programs.
He is seen here riding a chariot through Athens accompanied by a woman dressed as the warrior goddess Athene.