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Retinue of Zeus | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
Catalogue No. St Petersburg ST1793
Beazley Archive No. 230432
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Pelike
Painter Attributed to the Eleusinian Painter
Date -
Period Late Classical


Side A: Zeus, the king of the gods, is attended by his divine retinue. He is seated on a throne, wears a wreath (of olive?) and holds a royal sceptre in his hand. Hermes stands to his left. The herald of the gods wears a petasos cap and chlamys cloak and holds a caduceus wand in his hand. Themis is seated on a stone beside Zeus and offers him her counsel. The stone is probably the omphalos, traditional seat of the oracular prophetesses of Delphi. Athena is accompanied by the miniature figure of a winged Nike (Victory). She wears a helm and sash-like aegis, and holds a spear in her hand. Several other gods (not shown) complete the scene.
Side B: Dionysus and Maenads (not shown).


Themis, Zeus, Hermes, Athena, Nike