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Tales Of Brave Achilles – Ιστορίες γενναίου Αχιλλέα

Achilles174Given a choice by his mother, the sea nymph Thetis, between a long, peaceful, happy life followed by oblivion, his name unknown as a hero, or a short, violent struggle that ended in a young death and eternal glory, Achilles willingly chose the latter path only to ultimately bemoan his fate as a dead soul trapped in Hades for all eternity, decrying earthly fame as mere vanity, ephemeral as cobwebs.

This picture is based on a photograph of a detail from a vase by the Achilles Painter, ca. 440 BCE.

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