bath: Elizabeth Pierce Blegen, "News Items from Athens," AJA 40 (1936): 547-9; Kurt Gebauer and Heinz Johannes, "Ausgrabungen im Kerameikos," AA 51 (1936): 208-12; Ursula Knigge, Der Kerameikos von Athen: Fuhrung durch Ausgrabungen und Geschichte (Athens: Krene, 1988), 159-60.
The robe was taken in a ship on wheels, from the Dipylon
Gate, via the Greek Agora and the Eleusinion (near where the small church of Aghia Anna is today) and on to the Sanctuary of Pythian Apollo, on the north-west slopes of the Acropolis.
It may be noted that there is not a trace in Homer of either the square shield not infrequently found on Geometric vases, or, more importantly, the so-called Dipylon
or Boeotian shield which is by far the most common form in eighth-century vase-paintings but in the next century is greatly outnumbered by round shields, and generally thought to have become a mere pictorial convention to indicate the 'heroic' nature of a scene (Greenhalgh EGW, pp.
(It was said that during the disasters of the Depression, Baring sat at his desk reading Homer.) (17) Among them were the Baring Amphora from the Dipylon
Painter's workshop; a pair of delicate gilded kantharoi; an impeccable amphora attributed to the Group of the Floral Nolans (all now at San Simeon); and a black-figured lekythos with Hercules, Mercury and Neptune fishing (once in the Hope collection), now in the Metropolitan.
A reasonable guess is that in the north it bordered the deme Skambonidai on the line of the Panathenaic Way from the Dipylon to the Agora.
Without any hard evidence, but again with the premise that major roads radiating from the city center served as boundaries of the inner urban demes, a good tentative placement of Melite's northern limit, perhaps bordering Skambonidai, is the line of the Panathenaic Way from the Agora out to, or through, the Dipylon Gate.