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Visual aids: Return From Troy, Episode 6

  • Odysseus in the Underworld
    Based on a Lucanian red figure wine bowl (calyx crater) attributed to the Dolon painter, c. 380-360 BC, Bibliothèque Nationale, Cabinet des Médailles, Paris
    Arriving in the Underworld, Odysseus (centre) consults the ghost of Tiresias (bottom left) who comes to drink the blood of the sacrificial sheep at Odysseus’ feet. Tiresias tells Odysseus of the two tasks which he must carry out in order to escape the anger of Poseidon. Odysseus’ two companions stand on either side of the pool to keep the other ghosts away.

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