P21.3 ACHILLES & THE BODY OF HECTOR
|Museum Collection||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Catalogue No.||Boston 63.473|
|Beazley Archive No.||-|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Antiope Group|
|Date||ca 520 - 510 B.C.|
Side: Iris, the winged messsenger of the gods, commands Achilles ransom the body of Hector. The hero rides a chariot, dragging the corpse around the tomb of Patroclus. Flitting above the tomb, the ghost of Patroclus is depicted as a tiny winged man, armoured and holding a shield. Priam and his wife Hecabe stand at the gates of the city. The striding warrior before them is probably Hermes disguised as a Myrmidon warrior, preparing to lead the king to the Greek camp. The entire scene is drawn from books 22 and 23 of Homer's Iliad.
Shoulder: Heracles battles Cycnus (not shown).