Relief with Achilles, Thetis, and Worshippers

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Greek, Thessaly, about 350 B.C, Marble

The Greek hero Achilles, identifiable by his shield and helmet, rides with his mother Thetis in a chariot on this fragmentary relief. The chariot slowly converges on a procession of worshippers, who are dressed as travelers, wearing cloaks and wide-brimmed hats. Only seven of these waiting men remain on the broken relief, but originally there must have been about ten. In Greek religion, many heroes were worshipped and had religious cults associated with them. It was believed that they could intercede on the behalf of mortals. Achilles was certainly worshipped as a hero, and some scholars believe that in certain places, he may even have been worshipped as a god. In this relief, the group of worshippers brings three rams to sacrifice to Achilles. Scholars believe it was made in Thessaly, where, according to Greek mythology, Achilles was born and educated. The relief takes the usual form of a votive monument that was set up as an offering in a religious sanctuary. The dedicators are named in the partially legible inscription at the bottom of the relief, which gives the names of Lakrates and Gephes and refers to the religious association of the Achilleides, who claim to be descendants of Achilles.

Source : The J. Paul Getty Museum

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  1. Reblogged this on Espacio de Arpon Files and commented:
    En la mitología griega, Aquiles o Aquileo (en griego antiguo Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος Peleiadeu Ajilleos Ἀχιλλεύς Αἰακίδης, Ajilleus Aiakidēs), nieto de Éaco e hijo de Peleo y de la diosa Tetis, fue un héroe de la Guerra de Troya y uno de los principales protagonistas y más grandes guerreros de la Ilíada de Homero. En la célebre obra homérica, Aquiles suele ser calificado como «el de los pies ligeros», ya que se lo consideraba el más veloz de los hombres.

    Leyendas posteriores (empezando por un poema de Estacio del siglo I) afirman que Aquiles era invulnerable en todo su cuerpo salvo en su talón. Estas leyendas sostienen que Aquiles murió en batalla al ser alcanzado por una flecha envenenada en el talón, de donde la expresión «talón de Aquiles» ha llegado a aludir a la única debilidad de una persona.

    Aquiles también es famoso por ser el más hermoso de los héroes reunidos en Troya, así como el más rápido. En su mito es crucial su relación con Patroclo, descrita en fuentes diferentes como profunda amistad o amor.

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