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Greek ceramic plate depicting Odysseus with his dog, Argos (24cm)

Handmade greek ceramic plate depicting Odysseus with his dog, Argos


Handmade greek ceramic plate depicting Odysseus with his dog, Argos. A lovely souvenir from Greece!

In Homer's epic poem Odyssey, Argos was Odysseus' faithful dog.
After ten years of fighting in Troy, followed by ten more years struggling to get home to Ithaca, Odysseus finally arrives at his homeland. In his absence, reckless suitors have taken over his house in hopes of marrying his wife Penelope.

In order to secretly re-enter his house to ultimately spring a surprise attack on the suitors, Odysseus disguises himself as a beggar; Telemachus, his son, was the only one that recognized him. As Odysseus approaches his home, he finds Argos lying neglected on a pile of cow manure, infested with ticks, old and very tired.

This is a sharp contrast to the dog Odysseus left behind; Argos used to be known for his speed and strength and his superior tracking skills. Unlike everyone else, including Eumaios, a lifelong friend, Argos recognizes Odysseus at once and he has just enough strength to drop his ears and wag his tail but cannot get up to greet his master.

​However, Odysseus was unable to greet his beloved dog, as this would betray who he really was, thus he passes by (but not without shedding a tear) and enters his hall, and Argos dies. The simplicity of the relationship between Argos and Odysseus allows their reunion to be immediate and sincere. The plate depicts the exact moment of the recognition.



24 x 24 x 2 centimeters
9.45 x 9.45 x 0.79 inches





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