Abstract

A red-figured pelike (late sixth century) in St. Petersburg shows on side A a youth, a bearded man, and an adolescent observing the first swallow of spring. The article discusses their identification and concludes that they are the kind of characters commonly found in the palaestra: athlete, young lover, and older visitor. A passage in the Suda cites a fragment of Hipponax, "the swallow's pharmakon" (magic charm) with a scholion interpreted here as saying "in Hipponax the spell that comes to pass when one first sees a swallow." This interpretation is used to suggest that the swallow is casting a spell on the youth presaging a success in an erotic pursuit. This view is supported by erotic aspects of the wrestling scene on side B.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3168
Print ISSN
0002-9475
Pages
pp. 573-587
Launched on MUSE
2011-01-05
Open Access
No
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