The Shade of Patroclus entreating Achilles to perform the rites of burial to his remains.He said, and whit his longing arms essay'd In vain to grasp the visionary shade. Illiad Book XXIII.
Engraving. 260 x 171mm (10¼ x 6¾"). Cut.
After the funeral feast of Patroclus, Achilles retires to the sea-shore, where, falling asleep, the ghost of his friend appears to him, and demands the rites of burial. Homer's Illiad, the ancient Greek epic poem; set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy, by a coalition of Greek states. It tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.
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