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theartofthecover · 2 days ago
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Medusa commission (2022)
Art by: Frank Cho
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thaliasthunder · a day ago
oh to be a young, beautiful boy walking barefoot and carefree as his hair is softly blown by the fresh winds of north under the bright sun, in his way to his secret encounter with his lover, a lovely boy with dazzling eyes, in the mesmerizing and far away lands of ancient greece
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lionofchaeronea · 4 hours ago
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The goddess Artemis, wielding her bow and quiver of arrows. Attic red-figure lekythos, attributed to the Carlsruhe Painter; 450s BCE. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Menelaus: I will save Helen.
Agamemnon: No, I will save Helen.
Achilles: And I will go to sleep!
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blueiskewl · 2 days ago
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Derveni Krater: A Masterpiece of Metalwork in Ancient Greece
The Derveni Krater exhibited at the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the most elaborate metal vessels from ancient Greece yet discovered.
Found in 1962 in an undisturbed Macedonian tomb of the late 4th century B.C. at Derveni not far from Thessaloniki, the krater is a tour de force of highly sophisticated methods of bronze working.
Weighing 40 kg, it was made of bronze with a high tin content (of 15 percent), which endows it with a superb golden sheen without the use of any gold at all.
Large bronze vessels with figural registers in relief, such as the Derveni krater, were extremely rare in ancient Greece.
The most significant reason for this may not have been technical since large pieces of armor were decorated using precisely the same techniques at the same time. Rather, this rarity may reflect the high cost of labor-intensive work, says Jasper Gaunt of the Emory University in Atlanta.
It is most unusual to find figural decoration at a large scale on the bodies of substantial Greek bronze vessels of the Archaic and Classical periods.
“The figural decoration on the body of the Derveni krater was well outside the usual canon even at the time of manufacture, far removed from the generally austere appearance of Archaic and Classical bronze vessels,” Gaunt says.
The Derveni Krater was a funerary urn for ancient Greek aristocrat
The krater was discovered buried, as a funerary urn for a Thessalian aristocrat whose name is engraved on the vase: Astiouneios, son of Anaxagoras, from Larissa.
The funerary inscription on the krater reads: ΑΣΤΙΟΥΝΕΙΟΣ ΑΝΑΞΑΓΟΡΑΙΟΙ ΕΣ ΛΑΡΙΣΑΣ, meaning: “Astiouneios, son of Anaxagoras, from Larisa.”
Kraters (mixing bowls) were vessels used for mixing undiluted wine with water and most likely various spices, as well. The drink was then ladled out to fellow banqueters at ritual or festive celebrations.
When excavated, the Derveni krater contained burnt bones that belonged to a man aged 35 to 50 and to a younger woman.
The exact date and place of making are disputed. Most believe it was made around 370 BC in Athens. Based on the dialectal forms used in the inscription, some commentators think it was fabricated in Thessaly at the time of the revolt of the Aleuadae, around 350 BC.
Others date it between 330 and 320 BC and credit it to bronzesmiths of the royal court of Alexander the Great.
The vase is composed of two leaves of metal which were hammered and then joined although the handles and the volutes (scrolls) were cast and attached. The main alloy used gives it its golden color, but at various points, the decoration is worked with different metals as overlays or inlays of silver, copper, bronze, and other base metals.
Snakes with copper and silver inlaid stripes frame the rising handles, wrapping their bodies around masks of underworld deities. On the shoulder sit four cast bronze figures: on one side a youthful Dionysos with an exhausted maenad and a sleeping Silenos and a maenad handling a snake on the other.
In the major repoussé frieze on the body, a bearded hunter is associated with Dionysian figures.
Beryl Barr-Sharrar, Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, recently wrote a book about Derveni Krater. The artifact is placed in its Macedonian archaeological context and within the context of art history as a highly elaborated, early-4th-century version of a metal type known in Athens by about 470 B.C.
David Mitten of Harvard University said that her book “elevates this masterpiece of later classical Greek art to a status alongside those of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Alexander Sarcophagus as the most important monuments of Greek art in the fourth century B.C.”
By Tasos Kokkinidis.
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lost-fragment · 2 days ago
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I love free things and really wanted to find these online a while ago, hoping they’ll help others. They’re not the crispest (and I’m afraid I don’t know how to get them crisper), but here are all 10 maps that accompany Volume VI of J. G. Frazer’s commentary on Pausanias’ Periegesis Hellados, Tour of/Description of Greece. I’m sure each of them are out of date in several ways since they were published more than a hundred years ago and a lot has been discovered and studied since, but like Pausanias himself I think they should stand the test of time reasonably well.
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Ancient Greek gold earrings with pendants of amphoras, 2nd century B.C.
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whatisarchaeology · 20 hours ago
"The discovery was made whilst digging ditches and defences to protect Odesa, the third most populous city in Ukraine and a major seaport/transport hub on the Ukraine’s southern coast. The amphorae date from around the 3rd to 4th century AD, during which time Odesa was a Roman settlement known as Odessus that developed from a Greek colony."
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pigeon-princess · 6 months ago
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“No one can weave as well as I—not even the Goddess Athena!” Arachne boasted, unaware of who else might be listening in. 
Revisiting one of the most memorable greek myths from my childhood, the weaving contest of Arachne and Athena. 
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sickly-victorian-boy · 11 months ago
Do you ever think about how many of the items now considered priceless artifacts were once commonplace items? The coins we now marvel at from behind the glass at a museum were once tossed around, stepped on, and traded around. The pottery painstakingly pieced back together was somebody’s favorite wine jug. The decorative pin now rusted and bent once held together the shoulder of someone’s chiton. History is simply a trail of ordinary people going about their day, and I think there’s an odd sort of beauty in that.
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theartofthecover · 2 days ago
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Chimera commission (2022)
Art by: Frank Cho
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incorrectsmashbrosquotes · 9 months ago
If I may once again dip my toe into the discourse surrounding Greek Mythology, a lot of people like to rewrite or reframe the story of Medusa, and that’s great! Highly encourage it. But, DON’T YOU DARE GO AND DEMONIZE MY BOY PERSEUS!
Perseus isn’t some vile misogynist who hunts down and murders Medusa for the hell of it. He’s a scared kid who’s trying to save his mom from a forced marriage (whom herself has been a victim of terrible abuse from her father) to a creepy evil king and gets duped by the Gods into cleaning up their mess for them. He’s not the villain, he’s just another pawn. So if I see one more motherfucker trying to make him out to be the “real monster” I will throw hands.
You know what would be way more interesting?! Medusa sees Perseus rolling up to her crib and freaks out cause ‘holy shit this is a fucking kid. a fucking toddler with a sword and shield.’ and they hash it out and then TEAM UP to kill the evil kind trying to force marry Perseus’ mother! Think of the dynamics that you could write! The interactions that could occur. I mean, one of ‘em is gonna have to wear a blindfold but hey, minor problems.
What I’m saying is, gimme a buddy cop movie where Perseus and Medusa team up to fight evil in Ancient Greece.
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tiktoksthataregood-ish · a year ago
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localgreekmythologywh0re · 2 days ago
Theseus: You saved me. I owe you my life. Heracles: No thanks. I’ve seen it and I’m not very impressed.
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blueiskewl · 2 days ago
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Rare Photos Show First Excavations at Sacred Greek Island of Delos
Rare photographs of the excavations at the Greek Island of Delos from the 19th Century have come to light in a book by French archaeologists.
The book Delos 1873-1913 sheds light on the challenges facing the scientists and other skilled and unskilled workers who unearthed ancient monuments and artifacts in one of most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece.
Its claim as the birthplace of Apollo gave Delos a strong religious identity that lasted all the way until Byzantine times.
Over the centuries, Delos was truly a cosmopolitan center with a diverse population that included people from all around the Mediterranean, but in 88 BCE, the Romans razed the island during their war with Mithridates (an ally of the Athenians who controlled the island), a calamity Delos never recovered from.
Excavations began on Delos in the 19th century
The French School of Athens (FSA) in 1873 sent archaeologist A. Lebègue to begin work on excavations on Delos.
Until the First World War, on the instigation of T. Homolle and then M. Holleaux, the emphasis was on the clearing of large areas in the Sanctuary zone and on the northern slopes of Cynthus; however, the rest of the island was not neglected.
Several years apart (1894 and 1907), two archaeological maps of the island were drawn up while a study of its physical geography was successfully completed by the geologist L. Cayeux (EAD IV).
From 1903 onwards, the excavations enjoyed annual financial support from Joseph Florimont, Duke of Loubat (1831-1927), a rich American philanthropist and foreign corresponding member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres.
This major contribution to work in the field was complemented in 1920 by the creation of a Greek epigraphy fund to support the institute from which the income was used for the publication of the Choix d’inscriptions de Délos by F. Durrbach (1921) and the Corpus des inscriptions de Délos.
From the 1920s onwards, the efforts of the school’s members focused on the study of monuments, batches of equipment and inscriptions discovered in the previous decades, and exploratory research concentrated more on buildings than groups of monuments.
By Tasos Kokkinidis.
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en-theos · 6 months ago
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i am just SO enamoured by the blown up cheeks of this aulos player I came across, she has SUCH a cute expression
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prokopetz · a year ago
Reading about Ancient Greece is like listening to a professor go “actually, [fucked up thing you may have heard] was not broadly true of Classical Greek society, and the inhabitants of most city-states would have found the idea disturbing”, and then a voice from the back of the room calls out “except for Athens!”, and the professor just sighs and is like “yes, thank you, Timmy… except for Athens”.
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theancientworld · 3 months ago
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Bronze newborn puppy
332-30 BC
Of Greek or Roman craftsmanship, discovered in Rome
The Walters Art Museum
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pigeon-princess · 11 months ago
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With Athena’s shield, polished like a mirror, Perseus approached the gorgon Medusa, avoiding her gaze.
I’ve been wanting to draw some Greek Mythology pieces for a while now, so I decided to revisit one of my favourites. 
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ancient-mystery · 2 months ago
Julius Caesar: The Ides of March are come.
Soothsayer: Aye, Caesar, but not gone.
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I
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