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The Iliad does not recount the Trojan War. It tells the story of the wrath of Achilles, his rancour and withdrawal from combat until the death of his friend, Patroclus, which throws him back into the war for the sake of vengeance.

Homère, sur les traces d'Ulysse

Missorium with the Embassy to Achilles scene. Greek, late fourth - early fifth century. Coins and medals Antiques.

Achilles Puts On The Armour Shaped By Hephaestus

Achilles puts on the armour shaped by Hephaestus. Peleus the father of Achilles, Achilles, Thetis the mother of Achilles, his son Neoptolemus (Pyrrhus) are represented.

Etruscan, probably Vulci  Hand Mirror, 470-450 B.C

Etruscan, probably Vulci, Hand Mirror

Roman mold : One circular, one triangular and hexagon bronzes shaped jewelry mold, used for making jewelry such as pendants, earrings, etc. The jewelry were made by the "lost wax" technique, which was widely known from the Late Bronze Age onwards. This technique involves the following stages: two stone or terracotta molds are made with the form of the jewelry worked on them in reverse, in intaglio. Precisely half the piece was carved on each mold. 200 CE

200 CE Roman bronze shaped jewelry molds, using the "lost wax" technique: two stone or terracotta molds are made with the form of the jewelry worked on them in reverse, in intaglio. Precisely half the piece was carved on each mold.

Paten of serpentine with inlaid gold fish, 1st century BCE or CE, with 9th century mounts, Louvre.jpg (2209×2170)

Serpentine paten with fish. The paten itself is dated century BC or century AD. The mount is from the second half of the century

Патера из Парабьяго.Серебро со следами позолоты. 2-я пол. IV в. н. э. Происхождение: Обнаружена в 1907 г. в Парабьяго. Служила крышкой погребальной урны

Patera from Parabiago - Silver with gold century) - pagan cults dedicated to Cybele and Mitra coexisted with the rising Christian religion - Civic Archaeological Museum, Milano

6-7th C. Pseudo-coin pendant, imitation coin of Maurice Tiberius, in a gold mount inlaid with garnets in the pattern of interlacing snakes.

Pseudo-coin pendant, imitation coin of Maurice Tiberius, in a gold mount inlaid with garnets in the pattern of interlacing snakes.

Phalar

Phalar

Pectoral of a Roman cavalry horse from the second half of first century AD. Probably from the Rhine.

Roman Empire Army - Pectoral of a Roman cavalry horse from the second half of first century AD. Probably from the Rhine.

Gold cup from Sicily, IX-VIII century BC, at British Museum

Gold cup from Sicily, IX-VIII century BC, at British Museum

Musician with tympanon. Detail of a roman mosaic - musicians - Villa del Cicerone -Pompeii Musicista con timpano. Dettaglio di un mosaico romano - musicisti - Villa del Cicerone-Pompei ‪

Musician with tympanon,detail of a Roman mosaic, Villa del Cicerone, Pompeii (detail)

The Etruscan have the most astonishing examples of granulation, a technique consisting in soldering small metal granules to a metal sheet for decoration purposes. They mastered this technique so well that even with a 100x magnifier it isnt possible to see soldering remains between the metal sheet and the granule! it looks like it is simply resting, nevertheless 2600 years old pieces prove that the joint is perfectly resistant!

Going on with antique jewelry, some of the pieces that greatly amaze me are, without doubt, the Etruscan. Their exquisite design and conf.

Description: ACHILLES LEANING UPON A CIPPUS, GIVING HIS ARMS TO PATROCLUS

Achilles leaning upon a cippus, giving his armour to Patroclus.

Silver libation bowl (phiale) with chariots. Greek, around 300 BCE. Made in southern Italy; found at Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, southern France. Shallow bowls such as this, with a round central boss, were used for making libations (liquid offerings) to the gods. This beautifully decorated example has five four-horse chariots in relief. Each is driven by a winged Nike, or Victory.

Silver libation bowl (phiale) with chariots Greek, around 300 BC Made in southern Italy; found at Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, southern France

Hittite gold dish decorated with wild cattle hunt -

Hittite gold dish decorated with wild cattle hunt -

Intaglio; glass ruby; Achilles mourning for Petroclus ; signed.

Achilles mourning for Petroclus ; glass by James Tassie after original gem by Nathaniel Marchant, before

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