Orestes’ Revenge (page 679, with art)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

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Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, with Orestes trying to defend himself from serpentine Erinys?

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Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, with two fleeing females, right one holding a phiale, who can be interpreted as the Pythia (Apollo’s priestess at Delphi) and an attendant; if correctly conjoined with the previous metope (see reconstruction below), they could signify the setting for both metopes as Orestes’ arrival, pursued by an Erinys, at Delphi

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Reconstruction of two-metope sequence by Stephen Deck, from F. Van Keuren, The Frieze from the Hera I Temple at Foce del Sele (1989), detail of pl. 4

♦ Berlin, Antikensammlung 4841: Attic black-figure Tyrrhenian amphora with murder of Eriphyle, who slumps over grave mound while serpent rises from behind it and threatens Alkmaion; he flees to right, stepping onto his chariot 

Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 8 (1893) pl. 1

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Athens, National Museum 12821: Attic black-figure lekythos by Cactus Painter with two snakes threatening a youth

C.H.E. Haspels, Attic Black-figured Lekythoi (1936) pl. 18.5

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Athens, private collection: Attic black-figure lektyhos by Cactus Painter with two snakes threatening a youth at a tomb

A. Bruckner, “Zur lekythos Tafel 4,”  Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 6 (1891) pl. 4

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Berlin, Antikensammlung F2380: Attic red-figure hydria with Orestes at Delphi in center, kneeling on stone altar; on the left, seated Artemis and standing Apollo; n the right, two Erinyes in human form, who threaten Orestes with snakes

Archäologische Zeitung 42 (1884) pl. 13

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#Eriphyle

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#Erinyes

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

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