Phaon and Aphrodite


Phaon and Aphrodite.  According to legend, Phaon was an elderly ferryman on the island of Lesbos; when Aphrodite came to him in disguise and he rowed her to the shore of Asia Minor without pay, she rewarded him with an ointment that made him young and strikingly handsome.  Side A of an Attic red-figure calyx-krater, in the manner of the Meidias Painter; ca. 420-400 BCE.  Now in the Regional Archaeological Museum “Antonio Salinas,” Palermo.  Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons.


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