Aftermath: The Recovery of Aithra and and Sacrifice of Polyxena (page 658, with art)

Chapter 16, The Trojan War

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Naples, Museo Nazionale 81669 (H2422): Attic red-figure hydria by Kleophrades Painter with Sack of Troy, including rescue of aged Aithra by her grandsons Demophon and Akamas (for Kassandra and Aias from same vase, see Gantz page 655; for the death of Priam, see Gantz page 657 upper; and for Aineias carrying Anchises from Troy, see Gantz p. 716)

A. Furtwaengler and K. Reichhold, Griechische Vasenmalerei: Auswahl hervorragender Vasenbilder (Serie I, 1904), pl. 34 (detail)

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London, British Museum E458: Attic red-figure calyx krater by Myson with Demophon and Akamas leading their aged grandmother Aithra away

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Monumenti inediti pubblicati dall’Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica 2 (1835), pl. 25

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Rome, Musei Capitolini 316: Tabula Iliaca Capitolina, Roman marble relief with Sack of Troy; detail with Demophon and Akamas leading away their grandmother Aithra (for the whole Tabula Iliaca Capitolina, see Gantz page 651; for a detail of Menelaos threatening Helen, see Gantz page 657 upper; and for the three appearances of Aineias, see Gantz page 714)

Detail from Th. Schreiber and W. C. F. Anderson [Editor], Atlas of classical antiquities (1895), pl. 93 (restoration)

Σ Hek 123 – Scholia to Euripides, Hekabe – Scholia in Euripidem 1, pp. 24-25, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1887.

Greek Text

Hellanikos FGrH 4F142 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 140, ed. F. Jacoby. 2d ed. Leiden 1957. 

Greek Text

Lyk 494-500 – Lykophron, Alexandra

And the third is the son of him who took from the hollow of the rock the arms of the giant; even he into whose secret bed shall come self-invited that heifer of Ida who shall go down to Hades alive, worn out with lamentation, the mother of Munitus, whom one day, as he hunts, a viper of Crestone shall kill, striking his heel with fierce sting.  Greek Text

Par 16 – Parthenios, Love Romances

XVI. The story of Laodice

From the first book of the Palleniaca of Hegesippus

It was told of Laodice that, when Diomede and Acamas came to ask for the restoration of Helen, she was seized with the strongest of desire to have to do with the latter, who was still in his first youth. For a time shame and modesty kept her back; but afterwards, overcome by the violence of her passion, she acquainted Philobia, the wife of Perseus, with the state of her affections, and implored her to come to her rescue before she perished utterly for love. Philobia was sorry for the girl’s plight, and asked Perseus to do what he could to help, suggesting that he should come to terms of hospitality and friendship with Acamas. He, both because he desired to be agreeable to his wife and because he pities Laodice, spared no pains to induce Acamas to come to Dardanus, where he was governor: and Laodice, still a virgin, also came, together with other Trojan women, as if to a festival. Perseus there made ready a most sumptuous banquet, and, when it was over, he put Laodice to sleep by the side of Acamas, telling him that she as one of the royal concubines. Thus Laodice accomplished her desire; and in due course of time a son, called Munitus, was born to Acamas by her. He was brought up by Aethra, and after the capture of Troy Acamas took him home with him; later he was killed by a bite of a snake while hunting in Olynthus in Thrace.  Greek Text

Il 3.123-24 – Homer, Iliad

lord Helicaon, Antenor’s son, had to wife, Laodice, the comeliest of the daughters of Priam.  Greek Text

Σ Lyk 447 – Scholia to Lykophron, Alexandra – Lykophronis Alexandra 2, pp. 163-65, ed E. Scheer. Berlin 1908.

Greek Text

Σ Lyk 495 – Scholia to Lykophron, Alexandra – Lykophronis Alexandra 2, pp. 179-81, ed E. Scheer. Berlin 1908.

Greek Text

Kypria fr 34 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 62, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Arktinos, Iliou Persis (Ilii Excidium) argumentum PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 89, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

London, British Museum 1897,0727.2: Attic black-figure Tyrrhenian amphora with sacrifice of Polyxena over tomb; figures from left to right are Nestor, Diomedes, Neoptolemos cutting throat of Polyxena, who is held by Amphilochos, Antiphates and Aias, and on far right Phoinix turns away

H.B. Walters, “On Some Black-Figured Vases Recently Acquired by the British Museum,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 18 (1898), pl. 15

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Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2022

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, February 2023

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