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Tityus seizing Leto & attacked by Apollo | Greek vase, Athenian red figure krater

T14.3 APOLLON & TITYOS

Museum Collection: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Catalogue No.: Louvre G164
Beazley Archive No.: 205657
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Krater
Painter: Attributed to the Aegisthus Painter
Date: ca 470 - 465 BC
Period: Early Classical

ARTICLES

Tityos, Leto, Apollon

 

SUMMARY

Apollon fires arrows at the giant Tityos for attempting to carry off and ravish his mother Leto. The goddess tries to pull away from the giant, who grasps her by the shoulder. She lifts her veil in a symbol of female modesty, and behind her grows a palm, her sacred plant. Apollon is depicted as a youth with long uncut hair, and crowned with a wreath of laurel. He wields a sword in one hand and a bow in the other. The giant Tityos, dressed in a panther-skin cape, tries to fend off the god with one hand, and grasps Leto by the shoulder with the other. The offending hand is filled with the arrows of Apollon.

 
 
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