The tortures of the damned, from a fresco representing scenes from the Odyssey on the wall of a Roman house, copied from a Greek original, c. 40 BC. In the center of the picture a great rock looms over Tityus, as if about to fall upon him. He lies spread-eagle and tied down while two vultures pick at his liver (he attempted to rape Leto, pregnant with Apollo and Artemis). In the foreground the Danaïds (da-na-idz), not mentioned by Homer, attempt to fill a trough with vases that have no bottoms (they murdered their husbands on the wedding night). In the upper left, Orion hunts through eternity, while Sisyphus pushes the rock that ever rolls backward. (Photo Vatican Museums)
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The tortures of the damned, from a fresco representing scenes from the Odyssey on the wall of a Roman house, copied from a Greek original, c. 40 BC. In the center of the picture a great rock looms over Tityus, as if about to fall upon him. He lies spread-eagle and tied down while two vultures pick at his liver (he attempted to rape Leto, pregnant with Apollo and Artemis). In the foreground the Danaïds (da-na-idz), not mentioned by Homer, attempt to fill a trough with vases that have no bottoms (they murdered their husbands on the wedding night). In the upper left, Orion hunts through eternity, while Sisyphus pushes the rock that ever rolls backward. (Photo Vatican Museums)

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