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Harley 4996 f. 25v Deaths of Codrus and Eleazar
Deaths of Codrus and Eleazar
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Description: Two column-width miniatures of the death of Codrus, king of Athens, who, disguised as a peasant, sought to be killed by enemy soldiers to save his city, because he had learned from the oracle that the side whose king fell would be victorious (left); Eleazar, brother of Judas Maccabeus, kills an elephant of war and is killed himself when the elephant falls on him (right). 
Origin: Germany, S. W. or Alsace 


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