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Corinthian black figure Hydria 575-540 BCE, the dead body of Achilles is laid out on an elaborate couch and wrapped in a shroud of expensive fabric, His mother Thetis and her sisters, the Nereids (sea-nymphs), prepare his body for the funeral pyre, This Nereid tears her hair in grief, Music was an important part of a funeral procession, usually sombre flutes and drums, Achilles shield, with the face of the Gorgon painted on it, rests beside the funeral couch to identify its occupant as a warrior, Achilles' conspicuous helmet rests by the foot of the funeral couch to allow people to identify him.

The Funeral of Achilles


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