Inner Ring of Achilles’ Shield: WEDDING PROCESSION

Inner Ring: Wedding Procession. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail (copyright-All Rights Reserved)

Inner Ring: WEDDING PROCESSION. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail
© All Rights Reserved

 

“Two cities he pictured, of eloquent men, each in well-rendered scenes;
With weddings in one, and feasts awaiting as torchmen led brides from their homes.
In front and behind the procession was growing, with townsmen singing in choir,
And others played lyres or piped on their flutes, and dancing ’round to the tune.
Women stood still as the brides passed by and gazed in awe at the sight.”

[Homer’s Iliad, Book 18, Lines 490-495, Vail’s translation]

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