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Artist: Lydia Ridley

Aristos Achaion

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Title: Aristos Achaion

“Beg me no beggary by soul or parents,

whining dog! Would god my passion drove me

to slaughter you and eat you raw, you’ve caused such agony to me!”

Achilles to Hector, The Iliad, Book 22, Page 526

This artwork focuses on Achilles just after he has killed Hector of Troy, fulfilling the ultimate prophecy and sealing his fate. His wrath leads him to lose sight of himself, focusing only on revenge and nothing else – and when that is finally fulfilled, he is left lost in his remaining grief. These events cause him to lose all human compassion, as even after Hector’s death Achilles goes on to tie his body to his chariot and drag it around the tomb of Patroclus, still not satisfied with his revenge – further contributing to his now inhuman and beastly position as he appears to become a mirror of the lion he is consistently compared to. These depraved actions stemming from his anger emphasise his transition into ‘the beast of the Greeks’, an ironic reflection of the title of this piece ‘Aristos Achaion’ – translating to “best of the Greeks”, an accolade given to Achilles by his companions. My use of the cannibalistic imagery links back to the quote from Homer, “eat you raw”, taking this in a more literal sense in order to symbolise his true loss of humanity in this moment.

Artist Bio:
I am an 18 year old artist based in South Yorkshire, England with a passion for creating and showcasing my own original works. I work primarily in both traditional and digital mediums - ranging from acrylic and oils, pencil and pen, and digital paintings.

Much of my work is inspired by the Baroque period with a focus on Ancient and mythological tales or aesthetics, particularly Greek. My artwork is intended to encapsulate a classical feel, whilst simultaneously drawing from the modern world surrounding us.