I always liked this story and just discovered this lovely painting. Its a new favorite.

The story is this:

In the middle of a war, a group of maenads lost their way and found themselves in the town of Amphissa, where they fell into an exhausted sleep in the agora. When they were discovered, all the women of the town formed a protective circle around them, and when they awoke, arranged for them to return home unharmed.

The Women of Amphiss


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