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Title: Kleitias, Dionysos, and Cheiron
Author(s): MOORE, Mary B.
Volume: 86 Date: 2011
Dionysos and Cheiron are the most important guests in the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis on the François Vase. Dionysos has been described as stumbling, turbulant, seeking sympathy, or burdened by the amphora. He is none of these. He is in perfect balance and looks out to draw attention to his gift for Thetis, the golden vessel that will contain the ashes of Patroklos and Achilles. It is not a burden and it does not rest on his shoulder, but hangs part way down his back. Cheiron’s branch is not a fir, but the ash he gave to Peleus that became the spear Achilles took to Troy. Only these guests bring gifts, each of enormous importance for the offspring of this marriage. Kleitias’ depiction of them has no equal.