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This amphora reports one of the earliest known instances of the beheaded Troilos in Greek vase painting. The painter shows the beheaded corpse of Troilos lying to the left of an altar in shape of mound or “omphalos”. Based upon the prominence of the altar in the scene, it seems probable that the scene makes reference to the heinous murder occurring in the sacred sanctuary of Apollo Tymbraios. The young victim’s name, ΤΡΟΙΛΟΣ, is inscribed in retrograde beside his body on both. The stance and…

This amphora reports one of the earliest known instances of the beheaded Troilos in Greek vase painting. The painter shows the beheaded corpse of Troilos lying to the left of an altar in shape of mound or “omphalos”. Based upon the prominence of the altar in the scene, it seems probable that the scene makes reference to the heinous murder occurring in the sacred sanctuary of Apollo Tymbraios. The young victim’s name, ΤΡΟΙΛΟΣ, is inscribed in retrograde beside his body on both. The stance and…

Achilles and Troilos. Clay. Red-figure kylix, interior. Attic. Signed by Euphronios as painter. Perugia, National Archaeological Museum of Umbria.

Achilles and Troilos. Perugia, National Archaeological Museum of Umbria

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