Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Gallatin Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Obverse, Theseus killing the brigand Skiron
Reverse, Theseus slaying the Minotaur

The exploits of Theseus differ from those of Herakles in that Theseus's major deeds had to do with the fortunes of Athens during its mythical past. The killing of Skiron occurred as Theseus was on his way to assert an ancestral claim to Attica. Skiron forced travelers to wash his feet and, while they were thus occupied, he kicked them into the sea. Later, Theseus killed the Minotaur to liberate Attica from Cretan domination.

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