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Porcia and the Painting

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There's a story from Plutarch that tells of Porcia, Brutus's wife, crying every time she saw a certain painting of the parting of Hector and Andromache, as told in the Iliad Book VI. Hector didn't come back. Brutus didn't either.

My class finished reading the Iliad and ugh so many parts where I saw Hector and Andromache as Brutus and Porcia. Why must I be a classics fan.

Update: This painting was referenced in a footnote in a blog post by Dr. Gregory Nagy of Harvard University's Center for Hellenistic Studies: classical-inquiries.chs.harvar…
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isQariot's avatar
This is a very nice artwork and I like the meaning behind it, very touching. Thanks for sharing your painting and also the thoughts behind it.
RedOctoberRising's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad it made such a good impression.
DreamsphereINC's avatar
Sorry for the late come-WOAHKAY THIS IS COOL.
RedOctoberRising's avatar
No problem and thank you :D I think I did well on it!
*sniff*
Hector... and Andromache... Porcia... why...
DreamsphereINC's avatar
I'm not crying nope-
RedOctoberRising's avatar
Dude basically my life right now is sad Greek and Roman stuff because in school we just read the Iliad (with Hector and Andromache) and Antigone. /Cries forever

And Brutus and Porcia being like Hector and Andromache was historically canon. I didn't come up with that. I am going to set myself on fire.
Razor13's avatar
Awesome work!
RedOctoberRising's avatar
Thanks! Took me a day or so but I wasn't working nonstop. I had to do the painting and Portia sort of separately, by showing or hiding layers... and I realize no one cares. Glad you like it, though! I think it turned out well. It's a sad part in a history book I read and then when I read the part in the Iliad it just got sadder :(
Razor13's avatar
I care. I might not know much about it, but I do know how you feel about that and about the characters. They mean a LOT to you and I know you put a lot. That's what draws me. Knowing someone put heart into something.
RedOctoberRising's avatar
I mean, no one cares about the long description of HOW I did the picture ^^ I know you care about it. The figures do mean a lot to me... being a historian is weird. I love knowing someone puts their heart into a piece.
Razor13's avatar
True. This is why I stopped putting long details into the description of my stories. That, and I've written so many things between writing and editing and posting the story that I've almost forgotten.
RedOctoberRising's avatar
After a point it's like "why am I even telling how many layers this took."
Razor13's avatar
I need to learn how to work with layers.
RedOctoberRising's avatar
What program do you use? I use the gimp.
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