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Amphora with Ajax and Achilles Playing Dice

Front view of Delphi Charioteer
This terracotta amphora depicts a story from Troy; the classical heroes Ajax and Achilles were too preoccupied with a board game to notice the Trojans about to invade. (Typical heroes.) It is believed the artist Exekias invented this scene. He was a master of the Black Figure pottery technique, in which details are engraved into black silhouettes to reveal the red clay underneath. In fact, he was so good that after his death, the Greeks invented Red Figure pottery. Because, no one thought they could ever live up to an Exekias Black Figure.
Photo credit / Vatican Museums Vatican City Vatican Museum