Thesus carrying off Helen. His friend Potroclus on the left. At the death of his father, Thesus became King of Attica and endowed his people with wise institutions. He united them in a single group, built a communal prytantium in Athens, divided the citizens into three classes, erected temples and instituted the Panatheneae. At the same time, he continued his wandering life of adventure. He accompanied Hercules on an expedition against the Amazons, took part in hunting the wild boar of Calydon and sailed with the Argonauts. Copy by Diana Webber, 2015.
The birth of Athene, daughter of Zeus and embodiment of wisdom, springs fully armed from her father’s brow, which Hephaestus has just split with an axe. Poseidon and the two goddesses of childbirth, look on. Vase in the British Museum. Copy by Diana Webber, 2015.