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The Core Curriculum

Penelope with loom, Attic red figure cup (side B), c. 440 BCE.

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Here Penelope sits by her loom while Telemachos is talking to her. Notice the delicate figures on the unfinished cloth. What does the painter of this vase envision Penelope weaving?

The reverse of the same cup depicts Eurykleia washing Odysseus' feet. Why might a painter choose these two images as decorations for the same cup?


Museo Nazionale, Chiusi, Italy. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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