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Seated on the stepped altar in the sanctuary of Athena at Troy are Menelaos, Ulysses and the herald Talthybios.
They are approached by Theano, her two maids Dia and Malo, and her nurse.
Behind them follow fifteen mounted horsemen and two youth on foot.
The names that are given are Harmatides, Glaukos and Eurymachos (the sons of Antenor and Theano), Ilioneus, Politas and Polyphas.
The Greeks had come to Troy to ask for a peaceful surrender of Helen.
They are depicted inside the city, having just arrived.
They are met by Theano, the priestess of Athena and the wife of Antenor, the most important Trojan, next to King Priam.
The embassy to Troy was not successful and the Trojan War broke out, but during the sack of Troy the Greeks spared the house of Antenor.
This Corinthian black-figured column krater, c. 560 BCE, is known as the Astarita krater (it is a gift from Mario Astarita.)
Height 47 cm
Vatican, Museo Gregoriano
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