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[–] Nadesh [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Famously described in a passage in Book 18, lines 478–608 of Homer's Iliad. Homer gives a detailed description of the imagery which decorates the new shield. Starting from the shield's centre and moving outward, circle layer by circle layer, the shield is laid out as follows:

  • The Earth, sky and sea, the sun, the moon and the constellations (484–89)

  • "Two beautiful cities full of people": in one a wedding and a law case are taking place (490–508); the other city is besieged by one feuding army and the shield shows an ambush and a battle (509–40).

  • A field being ploughed for the third time (541–49).

  • A king's estate where the harvest is being reaped (550–60).

  • A vineyard with grape pickers (561–72).

  • A "herd of straight-horned cattle"; the lead bull has been attacked by a pair of savage lions which the herdsmen and their dogs are trying to beat off (573–86).

  • A picture of a sheep farm (587–89).

  • A dancing-floor where young men and women are dancing (590–606).

  • The great stream of Ocean (607–609).