Searching for Greek Pottery Illustrations of the Odyssey

Okay, I’ve been crawling over the net for several hours now looking for some Greek pottery style illustrations of the Odyssey and have come up with almost nothing so far. The few sites that I’ve found with any at all, haven’t had too terribly many. So, anybody know of a good book with some in there?

This site has a few links that may prove helpful:

Nope. Been there before and there’s not much I can find on that site which relates to the Odyssey.

How 'bout next time you’re searching you stick a couple spaces in your thread title so you don’t fuck up my screen.

Thank you very much.

I got to these by using Google & the search terms:
black red pottery odysseus
You may want to try this search again after using these links. This has two relevant pictures.

Then via another site (, I found a link to the perseus vase collection & searched on keywords, chose people as keyword category & picked odysseus from the list. Depending on how good their cross referencing is, you may want to go back & try items such as cyclops, scylla, charybdis, sirens etc. It lists 52 vases for Odysseus… (for more general searching of their database)

Geeze Ecks what kinda crappy system you got there? If I’da known it was going to fuck up your screen, I wouldn’t a done it, honest.

fierra looked through the links you suggested and found better pics than I’d seen to date, but still not quite the image I was looking for (but the style was dead-on), so I guess the next question I have is if anyone knows of an artist who can draw such things (and isn’t exorbantly expensive)?

what’s the image you’re looking for? I’ve seen hundreds of slides, but in class. Anyway perhaps I can help if I knew what you were looking for.

Don’t even ask, Tucker. I have to put coal in it every hour or so.

I know nothing about your question, but I can’t help wondering why it’s in MPSIMS. I’d think you’d probably get more responses–maybe even closer to what you’re looking for–in GQ.

(But don’t tell the mods over there that I’m the one who suggested it–those guys are scary.)

Surprisingly enough I get to answer two questions at the same time. The reason I’ve put this over here and not in GQ, is because I’m not really certain of the image I’m looking for (if that makes any sense). IIRC there is an image of Odysseus slaying the suitors which shows an arrow lodged in the throat of one of the suitors. However, I don’t know the origin of the image, only that the style is similar to the one used on Greek pottery. That’s what I’m looking for, and since I don’t know of a definite source for the image I figured I’d be better off putting it here than in GQ.

Moderator’s Notes: Easy, man. That wasn’t really called for was it?

Now, what to do with this thread? How 'bout we leave it here for a day or two and if you don’t get a good response, let me know and we’ll move it to GQ and try those guys. Sound okay to you?

And since my style guide claims proper use of the ellipsis requires spaces before and after each triad of periods, I’ve fixed the thread title.

[Edited by UncleBeer on 06-18-2001 at 03:28 PM]

How about:

Seen that one, and its close, but not quite the image I had in mind. Definately am going to have to find an artist, I do believe because I don’t think I’ll be able to find the exact image I’m thinking of anywhere.

Have you tried large museums like the Louvre and the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art?

No, but I’ve realized the image I’ve got in mind probably came from a book that I read as a kid and I really, really, really would like to have a copy of it, but since I don’t know the name of the book, I guess I’ll have to find an artist who can draw the image out for me.

UncleBeer said:

Hey, I deleted the reply where I threatened to have my agents switch BenGay for his toothpaste–don’t tell me I’mnot a nice guy. However, I apologize to Tucker if I came off grumpier than necessary.

But if he does it again…have you noticed that BenGay smells exactly like original Pepsodent?

Bless you. But…technically, an ellipsis is: . . . (space, dot, space, dot, space, dot). I don’t think anybody writes it that way informally–including myself–but that’s the formally correct usage.

(Look at it this way, Tucker–it bumps your thread.)

Well, that’s what I thought, my stupid style guide claims otherwise, though. Bastards. Can’t believe anybody these days.

Well, this is going nowhere in this forum. Let’s bump it over to GQ and see if we can get a better response.