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Odysseus and the Sirens - Greek Pottery

This piece of Greek pottery, from ancient times, depicts the story of Odysseus as he travels back to Ithaca following the Trojan War.

The artifact is an Attic red-figured stamnos—a piece of pottery used to store liquids—created circa 480-470 BC, showing Odysseus and the Sirens.

The hero, of The Odyssey, is securely fastened to his ship’s mast so he does not succumb to the enticing sounds of the Sirens.

The artifact, which stands at 13 ¾ inches (35.3 cm), is maintained by the British Museum in London.

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Media Credits

Artifact, described above, is maintained at the British Museum (Upper floor, Room 69, Greece and Rome: Daily Life). Accession number GR 1843.11-3.31 (Cat. Vases E 440). Created by an artist known as “Siren Painter.”

Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (also known as Jastrow) who has released her photograph into the public domain. Online via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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