Lykaon and Kallisto (page 728, with art)

Chapter 18: Other Myths

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Polygnotos’ Nekuia painting at Knidian Lesche, Delphi (known through Pausanias’ description and modern reconstructions)

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10.31.10

[10] Higher up than these is Callisto, daughter of Lycaon, Nomia, and Pero, daughter of Neleus. As her bride-price Neleus asked for the oxen of Iphiclus. Instead of a mattress, Callisto has a bearskin, and her feet are lying on Nomia’s knees. I have already mentioned that the Arcadians say that Nomia is a nymph native to their country. The poets say that the nymphs live for a great number of years, but are not altogether exempt from death (original Greek).

Detail with Kallisto, from C. Robert’s reconstruction of Polygnotos’ Nekuia, J.G. Frazer, Pausanias’s Description of Greece, vol. V, Commentary (2nd ed. 1913), pl. opposite p. 372.

Paris, Seillière Collection: Attic red-figure amphora, Artemis and Kallisto?

C. Lenormant and J.J.A.M. de Witte, Élite des monuments céramographiques: matériaux pour l’histoire des religions et des moeurs de l’antiquité 2 (1857) pl. 90

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 13.206: Apulian fragment by the Black Fury Painter,  Artemis and Kallisto

Museum of Fine Arts

Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum 72.AE.128: Apulian red-figure choos, Kallisto

Getty Museum

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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, May 2019.


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