Actually that should be a AND instead of a OR.
Today I returned to Villa Giulia, where I had not been since 2004. It still holds the Etruscan museum and so far, it is still forbidden to take pictures inside the building, although I am told this might change in the future.
Since my life is made of science fiction, I decided to live the future and took a few snaps (of course)...
And this is how I met the zombie.
Look at him, sucking out the brains of his opponent while Athena, at the back, is getting queasy!
This terracotta relief is showing an episode of the Theban Cycle - a story that spans the life of city of Thebes and concentrates on Oedipe's descent. The scene is from the Thebaid bit of the cycle, when Polynices attacks the city of Thebes protected by his brother Eteocles. Those worthy heroes do not appear here but we have Tydeus and Melanippus in their stead.
As the story goes, they more or less killed each other in combat but somehow Tydeus survived long enough to feed on his adversary's brains. Athena, who was supposed to help Tydeus and had a potion that should restore his life (see the pot in her hand?) was horrified by his new sense of diet and she let him die.
Not to worry.
Their descendants still managed to slaughter about in the next episode of the Cycle - The Epigoni - showing that Hollywood has not invented sequels. Not even that.
Now this was a little disturbing and I got somehow confused...( And I missed Apollo )