The Glory That Was Greece

The Shield Of Achilles

The description of the shield of Achilles in the eighteenth book of the Iliad may be selected as a typical piece of

Plate 12.—The François Vase.

Alinari.

unconscious background. It gives us a picture of Greek life which must be natural, since neither dramatic nor religious motives interfere to distort it. The writer is clearly describing a round shield with parallel bands of ornament such as we see in the “geometric” style of art (cf. p. 56). The pictures are conceived as inlaid in

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