Wednesday, March 01, 2006
A wretched task, to come in contact with a sick man.M.L. West, commentary ad loc. (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1987), p. 237:
δυσχερὲς ψαύειν νοσοῦντος ἀνδρός.
There is no more touching depiction of affection in Greek art than the cup by the Brygos Painter which shows a girl tenderly holding a young man's head while he vomits over her feet.This is apparently Würzburg L 479, shown below. How touching it is, you judge.
There is a more detailed image here.
The young man is sick because he drank too much. The girl is a courtesan. This post might have been more appropriate yesterday, for Mardi Gras, which probably saw many similar acts of affection.