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Her0128 House of the Relief of Telephus

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House of the Relief of Telephus. Herculaneum. Just as quirky physical forces due to location and placement preserved the House of Opus Craticum (a poor dwelling put up with spit and polish), the same factors caused the volcanic hot gas surges to blast this rich, well-built house. Evidentially a lot of the stuff that was inside (like furniture) was blasted all the way out one side of the house and even sweeping away part of the roof and walls before it was buried in the volcanic flows. Her0132 shows the atrium with the marble relief that give the house its name. Her0128 is a close-up of the Relief of Telephus. The story it tells is from the Trojan War. The Oracle of Delphi tells Achilles that he needs Telephus’s advice if Troy is to be taken. Unfortunately Achilles wounded Telephus in a little misunderstanding before they got to Troy. Telephus's wound had persistently refused to heal. The oracle tells Achilles that only he that wounded can cure. So Achilles goes and scrapes iron off his pike/javelin into Telephus’s wound and he gets better (? iron therapy?).
· Date: 6/24/2006 · Views: 4,022 ·
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