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Roman fresco showing the punishment of Dirce

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Roman fresco depicting the punishment of Dirke
Roman fresco showing the punishment of Dirce

Roman fresco showing the punishment of Dirce. She was wife of Lycus – king of Thebes. Fresco was found House of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, VII, 4, 56 in Pompeii. Dated to I century CE. Currently located in Naples, National Archaeological Museum.

Dirce was cruel towards previous wife of Lycus – Antiope. When Antipe’s sons – twins Amphion and Zethus – were convinced by the shepherd who raised them that Antiope is their real mother, they kill Dirce by tying her to the horns of a bull.

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