Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

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The headline of the Times of London read “Masterpiece sealstone led experts to shed tears.” The New York Times quoted Malcolm Wiener: “The stunning combat scene on the seal stone, one of the greatest masterpieces of Aegean art, bears comparison with some of the drawings in the Michelangelo show now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Perhaps the finest Minoan glyptic work ever found, the Pylos Combat Agate depicts a battlefield scene. A lightly clothed and armed warrior delivers the kill stroke with his sword to a heavily armed opponent, while a third, defeated, warrior lies dead under their feet.
This exquisite miniature is now fully published for a scholarly audience in Hesperia, journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. See http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/publications/hesperia_new