A classic Boeotian shield from Tanagra.
Boeotia, Tanagra. Early-mid 4th century BC. AR Stater 21 mm. 12.0 gm. Obv: Boeotian shield Rev: Forepart of horse right, laurel garland around its neck; grapes below; all within concave circle. BCD Boiotia 264 (same rev. die). Rare. Ex CNG 72 lot 594
You can just picture this shield in the hands of a Boeatian Hero.
Here is a wonderful introduction to this epic time of Heroes:
Travelling Heroes: Greeks And Their Myths In The Epic Age Of Homer
by Robin Lane Fox
“Robin Lane Fox’s Travelling Heroes: Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer proposes a new way of thinking about ancient Greeks, showing how real-life journeys shaped their mythical tales. The tales of the ancient Greeks have inspired us for thousands of years. But where did they originate? Esteemed classicist Robin Lane Fox draws on a lifetime’s knowledge of the ancient world, and on his own travels, to open up the age of Homer. His acclaimed history explores how the intrepid seafarers of eighth-century Greece sailed around the Mediterranean, encountering strange new sights – volcanic mountains, vaporous springs, huge prehistoric bones – and weaving them into the myths of gods, monsters and heroes that would become the cornerstone of Western civilization: the Odyssey and the Iliad”