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Artist: unknown painter at Herculaneum

Title: Achilles taught to play the lyre by Chiron

Date: ca.45-79 A.D.
Medium: fresco
Dimensions: -
Location: Museo Nazionale, Naples

Image size: 964 x 1000 pixels, 520 Kbytes
Image source: Classics Department, University of Texas
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unknown painter at Herculaneum: Achilles taught to play the lyre by Chiron

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The centaur Chiron was known in Greek mythology as a great scholar and teacher: his students were said to include Hercules, Achilles and Jason. He is immortalized in the sky as the constellation Sagittarius.

In 79 A.D. Herculaneum buried under 75 feet of ash by the same eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. It wasn't rediscovered until the 1700s. There are other photos of the incredible works from these two great cities here:
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