Schoolboys of Ancient Greece were made to memorize the works of great poets (especially Homer) as moral lessons. But what does this fragment say?
Some read it as the beginning of a list of mythological figures. To others, it reads as a part of an epic poem by Hesiod, “The Catalog of Women.” Either way, he seems pretty distracted. Is the scroll sideways?
Boy Reading a Scroll, 470-450 B.C., Attributed to the Akestorides Painter. J. Paul Getty Museum.