Ancient Lyre: Poets and Myth


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1. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading from Homer, 1885, Philadelphia Museum of Art

2. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sappho and Alcaeus, 1881, Art Walters Museum

3. Red figured stamnos, 475-425 BC, South Africa Cultural History Museum. On the front a middle-aged man dances with a girl, playing krotala. A second girl plays the double-pipes.

4. Attic red-figure kylix, ca. 500 BC, Altes Museum, Berlin. Achilles tending Patroclus wounded by an arrow, identified by inscriptions on the upper part of the vase.

5. Greek Red-Figure Stamnos Vase, Odysseus and the Sirens, c. 480-460 BC, British Museum.

6. John William Waterhouse, Ulysses and the Sirens, 1891, National Gallery of Victoria - Melbourne, Australia

7. William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Homer and His Guide, 1874, Milwaukee Art Museum.

8. Archelaos of Priene, Apotheosis of Homer. Marble relief, probably made in Alexandria, Ptolemaic Egypt, 225–205 BC, British Museum. Lower tier: Homer seated on a throne; behind him, Oikoumene and Cronos crouching beside the throne, the Iliad and the Odyssey; on the left of the altar, the Myth (as a child); on the right of the altar, from left to right, History, Poetry, Tragedy and Comedy, then Nature, Virtue, Memory (Mneme), Good Faith (Pistis), Wisdom (Sophia). Upper tier: Zeus; middle tiers: Muses.

9. Odysseus returning to Penelope, Terracotta plaque, 460-450 BC, Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Odysseus made his entrance looking like a beggar. Here he is shown disconsolate Penelope. His father Laertes, his son Telemachos and the swineherd Eumaios look on.

10. Douris, the battle between Ajax and Hector, supported by Athena and Apollo respectively, Attic red-figure cup, 490-480 BC, Musée du Louvre.

11. Sappho (?), Pompeian Collection, Museo Archeologico, Naples Italy.