Labor IX: The Belt of Hippolyte (page 397 lower, with art)

Chapter 13: Herakles

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Nauplia, Archaeological Museum 4509: terra-cotta votive shield from Tiryns with Herakles (or Achilleus?) seizing helmet crest of an Amazon (Hipppolyte or Penthesileia?) who wears a broad belt; to upper right of Amazon, a vulture; on lower right, a second Amazon; on lower left, a second Greek warrior, and below scene, a dead Greek warrior

H.L. Lorimer, “The Hoplite Phalanx with Special Reference to the Poems of Archilochus and Tyrtaeus,” The Annual of the British School at Athens, 42 (1947), pl. 18a



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Lost vase from Samothrace: Early Corinthian alabastron with three Amazons (right one named Andromeda) battling Herakles, Iolaos and Menoitias?

C. Fredrich, “Imbros,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung 33 (1908) p. 112 fig. 32

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Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia: Lakonian black-figure cup (Stefani Cup) by the Akesilas Painter showing Herakles (?) in pursuit of two Amazons; Herakles threatens first Amazon with long sword while seizing her by waist (to strip off her belt?); lizard on the left 



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London, British Museum B533: Attic black-figure lekythos with Herakles? raising belt of Hippolyte? in his left hand while threatening her with a sword and stepping on her right foot

British Museum

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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London, British Museum E45: Attic red-figure cup with Herakles and Amazones; on side A, Herakles in lionskin bends over Andromache while swinging his club in his right hand and seizing the pteryges (lappets) of Andromache’s cuirass with his left hand, while Amazon on left flees and one on right tries to spear Herakles; on side B, two Amazon warriors and one archer with a horse race to help Andromache; on interior, an archer and an Amazon warrior (Hippolyte) rush to assist Andromache

Interior (top) and exterior, sides A (center) and B (bottom), from P. Hartwig, Die griechischen Meisterschalen der Blüthezeit des strengen rothfigurigen Stiles (plate volume, 1893) pl. 13

British Museum (side A)

Drawing of Herakles and Andromache by J.D. Beazley, from Beazley Archive Pottery Database

British Museum (side B)

British Museum (interior)

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Attic Vase Inscriptions

Scholia to Apollonios of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.778 – Scholia in Apollonium Rhodium vetera, p. 188, ed. C. Wendel. Berlin 1935

Greek Text

299 PMGPoetae Melici Graeci, p. 154, ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962

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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and 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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