Image from page 108 of "Achilles & Hector : Iliad stories retold for boys and girls" (1903)
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The Shield 105
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HE next day Achilles found in histent the glorious armor which hismother had promised him. There weregreaves for the legs, a corselet for thebody, a helmet, and a wonderful shield.On this shield were engraved many pic-tures ; first, the heavens and the stars;then a cit}^ with marriage scenes andfeasts; a court of law, and men pleadingtheir case before the judges, who sat ina circle, while heralds kept back thecurious crowd ; a cit}^ besieged by armiesas Troy was, with women and childrenwatching from the walls ; a fallow fieldwhere men were plowing, while themaster came bringing wine to refreshthem ; a field deep in ripe wheat, withreapers far and near; a vineyard also, its 106 Achilles and Hector rows of vines heavy with grape clusters,and the vintagers carrying the fruit inbaskets. And there, too, Avere a herd ofcattle being driven to pasture. Two lionshad sprung out upon a bull and draggedhim off, while men and hounds rushed tothe rescue. There also were pictured afair, broad pastur
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