Sunday, November 21, 2010

Myths and Legends: Polyxena at the Well

Polyxena at the Well. To find out more about Achilles and Polyxena, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Polyxena was the youngest daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Achilles discovered her drawing water at a well and fell in love with her. Here is another depiction of Polyxena and Achilles at the well.

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2 comments:

Passignano said...

This is a most beautiful cameo.

Laura Gibbs said...

Isn't it gorgeous? I don't know anything about the technology of how cameos are made, but they can be truly beautiful! Just typing that made me curious about the etymology, and even that is something of a mystery! cameo: early 15c., kaadmaheu, camew, chamehieux and many other spellings (from early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), "carved precious stone with two layers of colors," from Old French camaieu and directly from Medieval Latin cammaeus, which is of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qamaa'il "flower buds," or Persian chumahan "agate." Transferred sense of "small character or part that stands out from other minor parts" in a play, etc., is from 1928, from earlier meaning "short literary sketch or portrait" (1851), a transferred sense from cameo silhouettes.