Burning of Corinth A.M. 3858.

WAG 7727


This is one of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. One of the inscriptions on the margin, November No. 12, seems to refer to the month in a calendar for which Edward Francis Burney created this frontispiece drawing. Burney executed many headpieces of this kind for pocket calendars and memorandum books between 1796 to 1829. [See correspondence between Patricia Crown and Edward Morris, in the docket file] This drawing shows the destruction of Corinth in 146 BCE. It was the result of a battle between the Roman Republic, which had recently destroyed Carthage, and the Greek city state of Corinth and its allies in the Achaean League. The city was burnt and destroyed by the victorious Roman army, and all treasures and art were plundered.