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Perseus, the Graiai, and Aeschylus' Phorkides

John H. Oakley
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 92, No. 3 (Jul., 1988), pp. 383-391
DOI: 10.2307/505554
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/505554
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Perseus, the Graiai, and Aeschylus' Phorkides
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Abstract

A reexamination of the scenes on an Attic red-figure column-krater in Metaponto indicates that the three women on the reverse are the Graiai, sisters and guardians of the Gorgons. The date of the vase-ca. 460 B. C.-and the iconography suggest that the representation was inspired by a lost play of Aeschylus, the Phorkides. A number of other vases with representations possibly inspired by the same play are collected and analyzed.

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