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Odysseus and Circe, Athenian red figure lekythos, c. 470 BCE.

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A lekythos (plural 'lekythoi') was a small vase used to store oil. The oil from lekythoi was often used to anoint the dead, and lekythoi are often found in tombs.

Here Circe is pursued by Odysseus, in imagery evocative of a scene of rape.



Institut für Klassische Archaologie, Erlangen, Germany. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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