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Cylix of Apollo (detail).

Diphros (Greek: Δίφρος) was an Ancient Greek stool without back and with four turned legs. It was easily transportable and so in common use. Gods are shown sitting on diphroi on the Parthenon frieze; women used them in their home. The foldable diphros was called δίφρος ὀκλαδίας diphros okladias. Diphros was also called the saddle of chariot-board, on which two could stand, the driver ἡνίοχος heniochos and the combatant παραιβάτης paraibatês. These objects are only part of the larger body of ancient furniture attested to in texts and images.


  • Richter, Gisela M. A. (1987). A Handbook of Greek Art. Phaidon Press.
  • Hesperia. American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 1956.
  • Diphros (furniture). Encyclopædia Britannica.
  • A. Whitham. "Furniture of Ancient Greece". Rich East High School.
  • Morris, Sarah P. "THE REINCARNATION OF DAIDALOS". Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art. p. 258.
  • Diphros in Google Images

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Media related to Diphroi at Wikimedia Commons