This Apulian Red Figure crater Dallas Museum of Art (1998.74), attributed to the Underworld Painter, 4th BC depicts the shepherd Endymion luring the moon-goddess Selene from the sky with a shining fleece. The goddess rides in a four-horse chariot, and is crowned with a crescent moon and aureole. To her left stand Aphrodite and Peitho. To the right of Endymion is Athena and a serpent-entwined tree (see below) which covers both the upper and lower panels. The Endymion, Athena and serpent-tree are probably simultaneously designed to represent the story of Jason and the golden fleece. The piece seems to show how closely the two legends were associated in the Late Classical period.
The aim of the site is to provide for lovers of the Classics in Sheffield and elsewhere a selection from Classical authors, together with notes, and useful vocabulary in order to facilitate reading, appreciation and group discussion. We fully acknowledge the deep debt that we owe to dcc.dickinson.edu for ideas concerning how commented Classical texts may be presented digitally and in the most user-friendly fashion.