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Briseis led away from Achilles, Athenian Red Figure Cup, Briseis Painter, c. 480 BCE, Side A

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On the one side of the cup Briseis is depicted being led away from Achilles by two heralds who are wearing caps. She is positioned between the heralds. Achilles is sitting inside his tent on a folding chair. He is completely wrapped in a mantle, following the iconography of a mourner and especially that of a widower. His hand is on his head in an expression of pain.



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