Painting of Achilles & Briseis

This fresco was painted 2,000 years ago on the east wall of the “house of the tragic poet” in Pompeii. It shows Achilles angrily giving up his slave Briseis, from the first book of the Iliad.

When the volcano on Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the entire town was suffocated and engulfed in volcanic ash, preserving the painting. The excavated ghost town now acts as a eerie time capsule of that ancient city.