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Olpe, by the Amasis Painter - Black Figure

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Herakles entering Olympus
Heracles entering Olympus, olpe by the Amasis Painter, 550–530 B.C.

Heracles entering Olympus, olpe by the Amasis Painter, 550–530 B.C.

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Herakles or Hercules was the Greek demi-god son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. His step-mother Hera took out her jealousy on Hercules, but it was not her actions that led to his death. Instead it was centaur-poison administered by a loving wife that burned him and made him seek release. After he died, Hercules and Hera reconciled.

The olpe is a pitcher with a spot and handle for ease of wine pouring.

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