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Ancient Art

Shield painted with two scenes from Iliad

mid-3rd century A.D.

Poplar planks and pigment

Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
1935.551
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Period: 
Greco-Roman or Parthian
Classification: 
Arms and Armor
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (Tower 24), present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Michael I. Rostovtzeff, Professor Paul V. C. Baur, and Professor Alfred R. Bellinger, The Excavations at Dura-Europos: Preliminary Reports of the Excavations, 9 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1929–44), pp. 331–49, Seventh and Eighth Seasons of Work 1933–34 and 1934–35, pls. 41–42.

Clark Hopkins, The Discovery of Dura-Europos, ed. Bernard Goldman (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979), 219.

Christa Bauchenss-Thüriedl, Erika Simon, and Ingrid Krauskopf, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, 8 vols. (Zurich: Artemis, 1981–97), vol. 3, p. 814, no. 12, pl. 590; vol. 8, p. 665, no. 42, pl. 407; vol. 7, p. 518, no. 110, pl. 409; vol. 5, p. 978, no. 1; vol. 7, p. 960, no. 41.

Simon T. James, The Excavations at Dura-Europos,1928 to 1937: Final Report VII, 7 (London: The British Museum Press, 2004), 176–78, no. 616, pl. 6.

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