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9-20-2007 - Olythus Pebble mosaic C 400 bc Thetis and...

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Olythus Pebble mosaic C 400 bc Thetis and Nereids bringing the arms of Achilles Rare – easily destroyed Achilles is in the far left Being approached by mother – Thetis who is a goddess Brings the armor to him Thetis is responsible for safeguarding Achilles Immortal and mortal = greatest of all warriors Kylix n.d. hephaesstus handing thetis the armor of Achilles Hephaestus making special armor for Achilles He loves Thetis so willingly makes the armor for her to give to Achilles Whoever gets this armor will be safeguarded Threat against those who fight him Achilles’ name – predates homer A very traditional name that goes very far back in greek tradition Theme of rage Achilles = grief of armor Legendary material humor got from Probably originated from traditional material Achilles is the recipient of a hero cult Hero – preeminent member of society who has done something for society. Cult – worship of someone who doesn’t deserve it Hero cult- someone who is not a god but is treated as if a god.
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