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Hera assaulted by the giant Porphyrion, & Heracles | Greek vase, Athenian red figure amphora "Porphyrion rushed against Herakles and also Hera. Zeus instilled him with a passion for Hera, and when he tore her gown and wanted to rape her, she called for help, whereat Zeus hit him with a thunderbolt and Herakles slew him with an arrow." - Apollodorus, The Library 1.36

K4.4 HERA & THE GIGANTE PORPHYRION

Museum Collection: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Catalogue No: Louvre S1677
Beazley Archive Number: 217568
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Amphora
Painter: Attributed to the the Suessula Painter
Date: ca 400 - 390 BC
Period: Late Classical

SUMMARY

Detail of Hera, Herakles and the Gigante Porphyrion from a painting of the Gigantomakhia (War of the Giants). In this scene Porphyrion, filled with lust, seizes the goddess Hera, ripping her dress. The goddess' spear is cast awry, and her Amazon-crescent shield seems to slip from her fingers. Porphyrion, draped in a panther skin, and holding a torch, turns to face Zeus (above, not shown). The god aims his lightning bolt at the giant. To the left Herakles also comes to the rescue, aiming his bow to fire an arrow at the giant.

NOTEThis image is montage of several photos of the vase.

ARTICLESHera, Porphyrion, Gigantes

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