Not So Dark After All: Greek Designs from the Dark AgesJanuary 18, 2021
In the mid-12th century BCE, the grand palaces and sprawling kingdoms that had defined life in the Mediterranean began to deteriorate. Perhaps traveling marauders crippled the region’s trade routes, plagues decreased their populations, or natural disasters wreaked havoc on...
The Torlonia Marbles: A Long-awaited Classical CollectionJanuary 4, 2021
After strictly remaining in the shade for decades and decades, one of the world’s most extensive private collections of classical sculpture, the Torlonia marbles became partially public on the 14th of October. Out of 600+ artifacts that belong...
The Top 5 Most Badass Women of Greek MythologyDecember 6, 2020
Most people have heard stories of the most famous Greek gods and heroes: Zeus, Poseidon, Hercules, Hades, etc. But what about the tales and woes of mythical women? Ranging from clever queens to murderous witches, this is a...
Six Ancient Greek Sculptures Everyone Should KnowNovember 21, 2020
Greek art and sculpture has had a profound effect on art throughout the ages. Many of the styles have been reproduced and copied by some of what the modern day audiences would classify as the finest artists to...
Pompeii of the Aegean: The Wall Paintings of TheraNovember 19, 2020
The wall paintings of Thera (Santorini) reveal the bustling civilization that existed on the southernmost island of the Cyclades circa 1600 BCE. Around that time the island suffered a devastating earthquake along with a volcanic eruption which caused...
The Women Blessed by Dionysus: MaenadsNovember 2, 2020
One of the reasons why we find Greek mythology so fascinating is because of its incredibly diverse structure. All of the gods and goddesses have unique characteristics and, according to the ancient source material, they were often prayed...
Painting of the Week: Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of KtisisOctober 18, 2020
The bejeweled woman from the mosaic, holding the measuring tool for the Roman foot, is identified by the restored Greek inscription as Ktisis. She is a figure personifying the act of generous donation or foundation. Ktisis, in Greek ktísis –...
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