Marian Maguire

Achilles and Ajax

Achilles and Ajax by Marian Maguire

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This scene of repose shows the two friends playing chess. The Iliad tells that after a dispute with Agamemnon, head of the Greek forces, Achilles refused to fight. Beseeched numerous times to return to battle, it was only the death of his friend Patroclus that convinced him to fight again. Achilles return to the war is alluded to in the armour he and Ajax wear and the shields by their sides. (Southern Myths, 2005)

Title
Achilles and Ajax
Artist/creator
Production date
2001
Medium
etching
Dimensions
535 x 640 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/39/2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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