Orestes’ Revenge (page 678, with art)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

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Olympia Museum B 4900: Kretan fragmentary bronze mitra with Orestes drawing his sword to slay his mother Klytaimestra, or Menelaos intending to slay Helen

Reconstruction drawing of mitra (left portion beyond broken edge is restored with a figure of Elektra encouraging Orestes), from L. Llewellyn-Jones, Aphrodite’s Tortoise: The Veiled Woman of Ancient Greece (2003) fig. 28

Digital LIMC (with photo of surviving part of mitra)

Olympia, Archaeological Museum B 988: bronze shield-band relief with Aigisthos enthroned, under attack by Orestes 

E. Kunze, Archaische Schildbänder. Olympische Forschungen 2 (1950) pl. 6

Digital LIMC

Kerkyra/Corfu, Archaeological Museum: left corner of limestone pediment from Temple of Artemis, with Aigisthos under attack by Orestes? (or Kronos threatened by Zeus? [see Gantz p. 44]; or Priam and Neoptolemos? [see Gantz p. 656])

Wikimedia photo

Olympia M 77: bronze relief from tripod leg with Elektra encouraging Orestes as he drives a sword through Klytaimestra; Aigisthos flees to right up stepped altar?

Illustrations pp. 96-7 from G.E. Hatzi, The Archaeological Museum of Olympia (2008)

Digital LIMC (no photo)

Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, with Klytaimestra with axe, restrained by female figure (Laodameia, nurse of Orestes, or Kassandra?)

Wikimedia

Digital LIMC  (under Scene 15; no photo)

Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, with Elektra encouraging Orestes? as he draws his sword

Paestum, Museo Nazionale

Digital LIMC (under Scene 2; no photo)

Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, possibly with Orestes slaying Aigisthos (for alternate interpretation as Achilleus slaying Troilos, see Gantz p. 600)

Wikimedia

Digital LIMC (under Scene 16, Aigisthos 20*; no photo)

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

 

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