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and the Gorgons, and a fight around a seven- gated city, which can only be Thebes. In the city is revelry, dance, song, and a merry wedding. There are also scenes of farming, harvesting, winemaking, and a contest for a tripod: These are the activities of peace, which stand in contrast with the preceding phantasmagorical visions. Around the whole runs the river Ocean. Elaborate shields with representations of allegorical beings and wild ani- mals did actually exist in ancient Greece, but nothing so elaborate as is described in The Shield of Herakles, a martial