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The Myth Of The Feud Between The Healer, Asclepius, And The God Of Death

Asclepius (also known as Asklepius and Aesculapius), in ancient Greek mythology, was said to have been the greatest healer who lived in the primordial...

Sisyphus, Painted By Antonio Zanchi (c. 1631-1722)

This painting, by the Italian artist Antonio Zanchi (c. 1631-1722), was inspired by the hellish myth of Sisyphus. According to ancient Greek mythology, Sisyphus...

Odysseus Takes Counsel With Teiresias, By Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809)

This painting, by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809), re-creates a scene from the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, written...

Homer

Homer (Iliad written c. 700 BCE) "No one is going to send me down to Hades before my time, though death itself, I think, is...

Alcestis on the Banks of the Styx, by Albert Edelfelt (c. 1854-1905)

This painting, by the Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt (c. 1854-1905), was inspired by stories about the ancient Greek mythological figure, Alcestis. She was the...

Orpheus And Eurydice, by Frederic Leighton (c. 1830-1896)

This painting, by the British artist Frederic Leighton (c. 1830-1896), was inspired by the sad and tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The instrument-wielding...

Sisyphus, Painted By Giovanni Battista Langetti (c. 1635 – 1676)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Langetti (c. 1635 - 1676), was inspired by a hellish myth about Sisyphus. According to ancient...

Orpheus Among The Animals, By Oskar Laske (c. 1874 – 1951)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Oskar Laske (c. 1874 – 1951), was inspired by stories of the ancient Greek mythological figure, Orpheus—a powerful...

Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus, by Charles François Jalabert (c. 1819-1901)

As the title explains, this painting—by the French artist Charles François Jalabert (c. 1819-1901)—depicts a crowd of nymphs gathering to hear the playing and...

Orpheus Playing for the Animals, By Gillis Claesz d’Hondecoeter (c. 1575/1580-1638)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Gillis Claesz d'Hondecoeter (c. 1575/1580-1638) was inspired by the myths and folktales of Orpheus—a legendary muse-born poet, musician...