Zeus on a See-Saw. A Comic Scene from Paestum


A Paestan vase that has recently come to light carries a remarkable scene from comedy: Zeus cavorting on a see-saw with a potential lover. The article explores possible interpretations including the costume and masks of the participants, the use of a see-saw in antiquity and its relevance in the context of a comedy, the presence and style of Zeus in comedy, the identity of the female character and the style in which she is presented, and then the likely date-range of the original of this play.