The sheer academic fascination in observing a statue up close as it stares directly into your soul
Achilles versus Penthesilea, painted by Exekias, circa 540-30 B.C. Currently in the British Museum.
the bones are brought,
cypress wood carried on wagons.
the women who are related to the
dead are there to make laments
at their tombs.
this is for the missing,
whose bodies could not be
In the same winter, the Athenians gave a public funeral.
one. empty. decorated.
when the bones have been laid in the
a man makes an appropriate speech:
honor, courage, manliness, fathers.
and after the speech all depart.
perhaps i should say a word or
two on the duties of women:
your great glory is to be inferior.
to be talked about by men.
and when you have mourned,
you must depart.
A scene from the gynaikeion (women’s quarters): women with a mirror. Fragment of an Attic white-ground vase, tentatively attributed to the Dokimasia Painter; 470s BCE. Now in the Louvre. Photo credit: © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons.
i did two of my ocs (azrael and thabit) as that one achilles and patroclus plate
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