[...]IT WAS ALSO A RARE EXAMPLE OF A BATTLE SUBJECT, A HIGHLY POPULAR GENRE, WHICH ALLOWED THE ARTIST TO DEMONSTRATE HIS VIRTUOSITY IN THE DEPICTION OF FEMALE AS WELL AS MALE FIGURES IN EXTREME POSES, WITH THE ADDED ADVANTAGES OF A TITILLATING SEXUAL THEME.

. . .

RUNNING ACROSS

THE SPACE

BETWEEN

THE TWO ARMIES

THEY TRIED TO STOP

ANY FURTHER FIGHTING

AND CALM

THE EXCITED PASSIONS

BY APPEALING

TO THEIR FATHERS

IN ONE ARMY

AND THEIR HUSBANDS

IN THE OTHER

NOT TO BRING UPON THEMSELVES

A CURSE

BY STAINING THEIR HANDS

WITH THE BLOOD

OF A FATHER-IN-LAW

OR A SON-IN-LAW,

NOR UPON THEIR POSTERITY

THE TAINT OF PARRICIDE.

IF, THEY CRIED,

YOU ARE WEARY OF THESE TIES OF KINDRED,

THESE MARRIAGE-BONDS,

THEN TURN YOUR ANGER UPON US;

IT IS WE

WHO ARE THE CAUSE OF THE WAR,

IT IS WE

WHO HAVE WOUNDED AND SLAIN

OUR HUSBANDS AND FATHERS.

BETTER FOR US TO PERISH

RATHER THAN LIVE

WITHOUT

ONE OR THE OTHER

OF YOU,

AS WIDOWS

OR

AS ORPHANS.