Labor VIII: The Mares of Diomedes (page 395 lower, with art)

Chapter 13: Herakles

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Throne of Apollo at Amyklai (known through Pausanias’ description and modern reconstructions of whole throne)

Paus 3.18.12 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

There is…  Heracles avenging himself upon Diomedes the Thracian. Greek Text

Plan and reconstruction of whole throne from R. Martin, “Bathyclès de Magnésie et le « trône » d’Apollon à Amyklae,” in Architecture et urbanisme (1987) p. 385 fig. 7

Leningrad/St. Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum 9270: Attic black-figure cup by Psiax depicting  Herakles in lionskin, who raises his club and seizes neck of a horse of Diomedes; the horse is devouring groom of Diomedes or Abderos?



Beth Cohen, The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases (2006), p. 54 fig. 7.1

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Florence, Museo Archeologico 1B32:  fragments of an Attic red-figure cup by Oltos depicting Herakles with club raised and a horse of Diomedes with an undevoured arm of Diomedes’ groom or Abderos?


Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Italia 8 = Florence, Museo Archeologico 1 (1931), pl. 1.38

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Rome, Villa Giulia: fragment of second side of same Attic red-figure cup by Oltos with Diomedes

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Syracuse, Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi 14569: Attic black-figure lekythos by Marathon Painter with Herakles in lionskin, standing behind one of horses of Diomede and seizing the horse’s neck while raising his club; to the left and right, three more horses of Diomedes

D.M. Braun, “Bad Horses: Herakles and the Mares of Diomedes in Greek Art of the  Sixth and Fifth Centuries BCE” (M.A. Thesis Cornell Univ., 2022) fig. 4


C. Haspels, Attic Black-figured Lekythoi (1936), pl. 30.1

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Pindar fr 169a SM – Pindarus 2, pp. 122-26, ed. B. Snell and H. Maehler. Leipzig 1975.

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#Herakles, #Mares+of+Diomedes, #Abderos#Groom+of+Diomedes, #Diomedes

Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, August 2023

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2021

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