Hoplite shields were designed to be strapped to a man’s arm and rest on his left shoulder. Consequently they were difficult to swing around and defend oneself in single combat. Hoplites fought as a group, using their large shields to protect one another.
'Proserpine', marble bust by Hiram Powers, 1844, Cincinnati Art Museum.
In one obscure Roman myth Persephone was accredited with creation of mankind from clay (in place of the usual Prometheus). A divine dispute ensued over which god should possess him, with the result that he was awarded to Zeus and Gaia in life, and to Persephone in death. "When Cura [Persephone] was crossing a certain river, she saw some clayey mud. She took it up thoughtfully and began to fashion a man. While she was pondering on what she had done, Jove came up; Cura asked him to give the image life, and Jove readily grant this. When Cura wanted to give it her name, Jove forbade, and said that his name should be given it. But while they were disputing about the name, Tellus (Gaia) arose and said that it should have her name, since she had given her own body. They took Saturnus for judge; he seems to have decided for them : Jove, since you gave him life [text missing, presumably he was given control of the fate of men] let her [Persephone] receive his body after death since Cura fashioned him; let her [Gaia] posses him as long as he lives, but since there is controversy about his name, let him be called homo, since he seems to be made from humus." Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 220 (Roman mythographer 2nd CE) #writer#writing#legend#greece#ancientgreece#ancientgreek#mythology#greekmyths#mythographer#travel#stories#art#sculpture#persephone#museum#cincinnati#usa#statue#marble#goddess#woman#goddess