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Image Index > Music Scenes > Youth attacks his music teacher

A fracas in the music school. This is generally interpreted as the young Heracles killing his music teacher Linus, but could it, in view of the erotic content of the rest of the cup, be interpreted as an attack provoked by the teacher's unwanted sexual advances? Note the nudity of the figures, as if to suggest that more than music is going on here. See Cambridge 3726 for a similar attack by a music student.

Artist Douris
Date c. 470 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Munich, Staatliche Antikensammlung 2646
References and Publications ARV2 437.128
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.173
J. R. Porter, "Orestes the Ephebe," in E. Csapo & M. C. Miller, eds., Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece (Oxford 2003) 164-65.
Other Views of Same Object 77 177
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