Outer Ring of Achilles’ Shield: HERDING THE CATTLE TO PASTURE

Outer Ring: HERDING THE CATTLE TO PASTURE. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail © All Rights Reserved

Outer Ring: HERDING THE CATTLE TO PASTURE. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail
© All Rights Reserved

   

“A herd of oxen he next placed there, with gold bodies and straight horns of tin.
From stable to pasture they lowed and shambled, alongside a rippling river
With swaying reeds and a sweet murmuring rising up from the bubbling water.
Four golden cowherds followed slowly behind, with nine nimble dogs beside them.”

[Homer’s Iliad, Book 18, Lines 573-578, Vail’s translation]

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