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The Shield of Achilles

The Shield of Achilles

12x12 inches round (Tablet)

12x13 inches (Tablet + Stand)


The Shield of Achilles minted on 12x12 inch black slate. Back side displays information and the entire chapter 18 of Homer's Iliad called, "The Shield of Achilles". The Shield of Achilles is the shield that the Greek hero used during his duel against Hector, prince of Troy, towards the end of the Trojan War. Achilles had given his armor to his friend Patroclus, who died in the battle and the armor was taken by the Trojans. Achilles' mother, the goddess Thetis, asked Hephaestus to forge a new armor to provide her son. The shield was described in detail by Homer in his epic Iliad, and it was said to depict a number of things in concentric circles. From the center of the shield to the outer area, the scenes depicted in each circle were:- two cities; one in which a wedding took place; another which was besieged by an army.- a thrice-ploughed field.- a king's field during the harvest season.- a vineyard.- a herd of cattle.- a sheep farm.- people dancing.- the stream of Oceanus.

Each artwork from the Ancient Relica Series is created to be visually and tactically exciting.  The heavy cold feel of the black slate and rough edges drives a sense of discovery.  You just can't get this feeling from books or pictures... you need to feel.... let your eyes feel.  Experience what it's like to explore the details of these ancient hieroglyphs, pictographs and petroglyphs up close and personal.  Our goal is to give you profoundness and discovery - like when such sites were first uncovered. Each Artwork is completely unique and are modeled after the original inscriptions and images.  These relics you CAN touch!  Discover your World!


Created to display on included wood stand or handheld for close inspection.  This image is representative of the next one we create. Each is completely unique but similar to picture and dimensions. Message for a current picture of the available one if desired.   Made to wow, Made by hand, Made in Austin, Texas USA.

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