Pursuit scenes are quite common on Classical vases of the 5th century B.C., typically with a male chasing a female, whether human, god, or hero. However, in this example, the roles have been reversed, with the goddess Eos chasing one of her mortal lovers. Kephalos' abduction is a popular subject on Attic vases. As Reeder explains (p. 402 in Pandora: Women in Classical Greece), "The popularity of this myth is easily explained by its inversion of the typical pursuit scene...To the Greek male, the reversal of traditional sexual mores was probably both threatening and titillating." For a similar example, see no. 131, p. 401 in Reeder, op. cit.