Day 4 .... slow progress ... Pencil drawing of the statue of Diomedes stealing the Palladion (now lost). Marble, Roman copy from the 2nd-3rd century AD after a Greek original of the 5th century.
Copy of Nausykles or Kresilas (?), height 1,86m. Former collections of Cardinal Richelieu, now in the Musée du Louvre.
Diomedes (Greek: Διομήδης, lit. 'god-like cunning' or 'advised by Zeus') is a hero in Greek mythology, known for his participation in the Trojan War.
He was born to Tydeus and Deipyle and later became King of Argos, succeeding his maternal grandfather, Adrastus. In Homer's Iliad Diomedes is regarded alongside Ajax the Great as one of the best warriors of all the Achaeans.
Second only to Achilles, Diomedes is considered to be the mightiest and the most skilled warrior among the Achaeans. He was overwhelming Telamonian Ajax in an armed sparring contest when the watching Achaeans bade the men to stop and take equal prizes because they feared for Ajax's life. Ajax gave Diomedes the prize (long sword) because Diomedes drew the first blood. He vanquished (and could have killed) Aeneas (the second best Trojan warrior) once.
Diomedes received the most direct divine help and protection. He was the favorite warrior of Athena (who even drove his chariot once). He was also the only hero except Heracles, son of Zeus, that attacked - and even wounded - Olympian gods (most notably Ares, whom he struck with his spear). Once, he was even granted divine vision in order to identify immortals.
Only Diomedes and Menelaus were offered immortality and became gods in post-Homeric mythology.
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