The daughter of Epigethes taken for a Goddess by the Aetolians. A.M. 3771.

WAG 7725


Part of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. According to Plutarch, the daughter of Epigethes, a woman of great eminence in Pellene, and renowned for her remarkable beauty and a stateman-like demeanour, was placed inside the temple as one of the captured women, when the Aetolians attacked and seized the small Achaean town. The Aetolians put their helmets on the women's heads, showing to whom each woman belonged. The daughter of Epigethes, when she heard the loud noise and tumult outside the temple of Artemis [or Diana], ran out to see what was the cause. As she stood at the door of the temple, and looked down upon the combatants, still wearing the helmet, she appeared a figure more than human. The enemy took her for a deity, and struck with fear and astonishment, they were no longer able to use their arms.