Achilles Newly Forged Shield Analysis

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On Achilles’ newly forged shield, created by Hepheastus, are ten scenes that represent the bigger picture of the Iliad. The shield depicts the heavens, the earth, two beautiful cities, a well tended field, the land of a king, a vineyard, a herd of cattle, a pasture, a dancing ground, and the strength of the river ocean. The heavens and earth represent the split between gods and mortal, while this is general it shows the two main sectors of the universe. The two beautiful cities, however, represent the Trojans and the Greeks, both beautiful but both surrounded by quarrel. One city with fights in the town over blood money the other preparing for an ambush which could represent the initial attack on the unsuspecting town fighting within itself.

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