It is also unlikely that we have here a depiction of the Dioskouroi, as Mitropoulou (1977, p.
147-148), terracotta figurines and plaques (Salapata 1992, 1993, 1997), and stone reliefs, especially those depicting the Dioskouroi (Sanders 1992).
It is possible that the image of two amphoras surrounded by snakes, an emblem of the Dioskouroi, was an expression of the same idea.
An anonymous group of bronze obols with a head of Herakles in a lionskin cap on the obverse and a club flanked by the stars of the Dioskouroi on the reverse (e.g., Fig.
The Dioskouroi had been the traditional symbol of the Eurypontid-Agiad dyarchy since the Archaic and Classical periods.
By the 3rd century B.C., however, the potency of the Dioskouroi as the model for Spartan royalty par excellence had weakened: their symbols on the bronzes of Kleomenes III and his successors, and later those of Nabis and his predecessors (Fig.
(31) Accounts of ancient ritual also indicate a close proximity between the Prytaneion and the Anakeion; evidently the Anakeia festival included a primitive theoxenia, in which the Dioskouroi were hosted in the Prytaneion.
(36) If this ancient site between Straton and Rangavis Streets should be identified with any historical monument in Pausanias's testimony, however, the most likely would be the lost Anakeion of the Dioskouroi. (37)
The theory that the `Rampin Rider' may have belonged to a group showing the sons of Peisistratos is given no support (though with names like Hippias and Hipparchus, surely it must remain attractive, no need, either, to insist on their guise as the Dioskouroi