Black-Figure Hydria: Departing Warriors

 
Culture
Greek
Creation date
Materials
terracotta with black glaze
Dimensions
H: 17 3/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
Accession number
47.43
Collection
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312

The Trojan War was the favorite subject of the Antimenes Painter, and it is possible that this vase scene depicts the funeral games of Patroklos, who was the closest comrade of Achilles during the war.  The Greeks held athletic competitions with prizes after burials to honor the dead, and the chariot race was the main event.

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Greek Art

The Trojan War was the favorite subject of the Antimenes Painter, and it is possible that this vase scene depicts the funeral games of Patroklos, who was the closest comrade of Achilles during the war.  The Greeks held athletic competitions with prizes after burials to honor the dead, and the chariot race was the main event