Terracotta amphora (jar)
Attributed to the Princeton Painter
ca. 500–490 B.C.
H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
diameter of mouth 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
diameter of foot 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Obverse, battle scene with quadriga (4-horse chariot)Reverse, departing warriors
Battle scenes like the one on this amphora would have brought to mind Homeric passages such as this:As inhuman fire sweeps on in fury through the deep anglesof a drywood mountain and sets ablaze the depth ofthe timber and the blustering wind lashes the flamealong, so Achilleus swept everywhere with his spearlike something more than a mortal harrying them asthey died, and the black earth ran blood.(Iliad, book 20, lines 490-94).
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