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Lo stile di vita degli Italiani – notoriamente chiamato La Bella Vita – è ammirato da tutto il mondo, e spesso anche imitato. Ok, mettiamo le cose in chiaro sin da adesso. Sono Italiana, se state già pensando che sono di parte. E comunque, sarete d’accordo con me sul fatto che i turisti che viaggiano nel Bel Paese, spesso raccontano della nostra abilità di celebrare e apprezzare ogni aspetto della vita. Si inizia dal tempo che gli Italiani dedicano ad amici e famiglia, si passa al buon cibo e si finisce con la bellezza artistica e naturalistica in cui siamo immersi.

Anziani Italiani chiacchierano su una panchina

1. L’effetto del coronavirus sullo stile di vita degli Italiani

Quando il Coronavirus ha dovuto scegliere quale Paese Europeo visitare per primo, ha messo l’Italia in cima alla lista. Nel giro di pochi giorni, musei, ristoranti, e bar erano chiusi. Le vuote e silenziose strade d’Italia hanno mostrato al mondo che le abitudini quotidiane possono cambiare in un batter d’occhio – e quanto velocemente un popolo è capace di adattarsi a nuovi stili di vita! E adesso che il coronavirus si sposta verso le tante altre mete che aveva in lista, l’Italia può forse fornire una guida o fare da modello… Gli Italiani non smettono mai di sorprendermi e, anche questa volta, hanno fatto tutto a modo loro – un modo originale e creativo, permettetemi di aggiungere. Scopriamo insieme come vivere l’ “Italian lifestyle” quando le mura di casa diventano i confini del nostro mondo.

Bandiera Italiana appesa ad un balcone, dice “andrà tutto bene”

2. Concerti al balcone

Non appena il Primo Ministro Giuseppe Conte ha annunciato le nuove misure di sicurezza, chiedendo a tutti di rimanere in casa, gli Italiani hanno trovato un modo per tenersi in contatto e, addirittura, per fare amicizia! Consapevoli del bisogno di una bella iniezione di positività, hanno aperto le finistre e hanno iniziato a cantare insieme ai vicini di casa. Tutti conosciamo l’importanza della socializzazione e della comunicazione nella cultura italiana (meglio se si può anche aggiungere un po’ di contatto fisico – magari una mano amichevole sulla spalla del nostro interlocutore o un bacio per salutarsi). E chi ha detto che la “socializzazione a distanza” non esiste? Cantare i famosi inni patriottici è stata la soluzione degli Italiani.

Italiani in quarantena cantano dai balconi

3. Tutti in cucina!

Da aspettarselo, starete pensando… Ma questa volta gli Italiani hanno superato ogni aspettativa! I produttori di farina devono essere esausti e i pizzaioli professionisti, di questo passo, dovranno presto chiudere le loro pizzerie. Almeno una volta a settimana, di solito il Venerdì o il Sabato, le famiglie Italiane accendono il forno e preparano pizze di ogni forma e colore. Ma questo è solo uno dei sette giorni della settimana, ne rimangono altri sei! Perfetto per diventare dei piccoli chef e per insegnare i segreti della cucina alle generazioni più giovani. E, ovviamente, si mangia tutti insieme! Mangiare è un’occasione per gli Italiani: ci si raduna intorno alla tavola, si condividono i propri pensieri e si mostra rispetto per il cibo e per i commensali.

Una grande famiglia Italiana cucina gli spaghetti alla bolognese

4. Fermarsi per apprezzare il tempo trascorso con la propria famiglia

Gli Italiani amano passare il tempo con la propria famiglia. Di certo, però, essere bloccati a casa tutto il giorno non è facile, specialmente se hai 4 bambini e 2 cani! Troppo presto per sapere se aumenteranno i casi di divorzio in Italia a causa del coronavirus, ma intanto sembra che gli Italiani stiano sfruttando questa occasione per apprezzare il tempo con i propri cari. In tanti hanno dedicato ore a riorganizzare vecchie foto, portando alla memoria i dolci ricordi delle avventure passate. Molti altri si dedicano ai giochi da tavola, magari, per una volta, qualcuno riuscirà addirittura a finire una partita a Monopoli!

Giochi da tavola in famiglia

5. Mantenere la casa pulita e in ordine

Stare in casa tutto il giorno, le tante lezioni di cucina e la chiusura delle scuole, hanno un chiaro impatto sulla pulizia e l’ordine della casa… eh sì, c’è bisogno di impegno, aspirapolveri, pezze e detersivi, dicono gli Italiani. Tenere la casa in ordine richiede uno sforzo non indifferente e non tutti amano farlo. Beh, è necessario e, forse, anche divertente! La mia mamma Italiana mi ha raccontato una volta che lei e sua sorella, da bambine, si immaginavano di possedere un hotel e di doverlo mantenere in ordine (ah… l’immaginazione dei bimbi!) Quindi, cari lettori, impegnarsi nella pulizia della casa può rinforzare i legami familiari di cui gli Italiani vanno molto orgogliosi.  

Divertirsi durante le faccende domestice

6. E tanto altro…

Gli Italiani, come tanti altri, stanno anche leggendo e ascoltando la musica (sempre mentre sorseggiano un espresso, ovviamente!). Praticare attività fisica in casa li aiuta a rimanere sani (e a bruciare le calorie della pizza di ieri!). Una grandiosa rivoluzione digitale ha raggiunto scuole e università e bimbi ed insegnanti si stanno adattando ad un sistema nuovo e complicato. Tante persone stanno anche cogliendo l’opportunità per parlare (al telefono, ovviamente!) con amici di vecchia data con i quali avevano perso i contatti. Nonni e nonne raccontano ai propri nipoti dei tempi della Guerra e della simile atmosfera in cui erano vissuti da piccoli. Insomma, gli Italiani stanno mostrando al mondo che è possibile reinventarsi e vivere con meno fino a quando non avremo vinto questa battaglia e potremo tornare ai nostri baci, abbracci, musei e scuole!

Scuola a distanza!

Hai bisogno di qualche altro consiglio su cosa fare a casa? Dai un’occhiata al nostro blog post su alcuni interessanti film di storia dell’arte, disponibili su Netflix, che potrai guardare comodamente dal tuo divano. E ricorda, adesso che non puoi andare al museo, l’arte può comunque raggiungere te! Leggi i nostri Blog post sul Partenone e su un bellissimo atleta Greco. Inoltre, non dimenticare di dare un’occhiata alle nostre brevi classi di storia dell’arte, disponibili su Facebook, Instagram e YouTube e anche adatte ai bambini.

Italian lifestyle is admired and exported all over the world. Ok, let’s get this straight from the outset. I’m Italian, in case you think I’m biased. Still, I can’t but notice that tourists travelling to the Bel Paese, often tell about the ability of Italians to celebrate all aspects of life. From spending time with family and friends, to eating and drinking well, to enjoying beauty in all its forms.

Elderly generation living the Italian Lifestyle
Elderly generation living the Italian Lifestyle

1. The impact of coronavirus on Italian lifestyle

And then coronavirus hit Italy. Museums, restaurants and bars closed, and the empty and quiet streets of Italy showed how everyday life can change with the snap of a finger – and how quickly a population can adapt to it. Could Italy be a guide of what the rest of the world will experience soon? Italians never stop surprising me and, even this time, they are doing things in their own original and creative way. Let’s discover together how to live the Italian lifestyle when your house becomes your entire world.

Italian Flag outside of a windown during coronavirus
Italian Flag outside of a window saying ‘Everything is gonna be fine”

2. Singing from balconies

As soon as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the new restrictions, asking everyone not to leave their house, Italians found a way to keep in contact and make friends! Aware of the need to boost morale, Italians opened their windows and started singing with their neighbours. Italian lifestyle is all about socializing and talking (ideally with some physical contact involved – perhaps a hand over a shoulder or a kiss to say goodbye). Who says that “distant socializing” isn’t a thing? Singing patriotic songs and making harmonies across the country’s empty streets was Italy’s solution.

Quarentined Italians sing from balconies to lift spirits

3. Cooking, cooking, cooking!

To be expected, you might think… But this time Italians exceeded all expectations! The flour milling industry is more vibrant than ever and professional pizza makers might as well close their pizzerias. At least once a week, usually on Fridays or Saturdays, all Italian families make pizza.  But that’s only one day in a week of seven, with six more left, there’s plenty of time to experiment on more recipes and to teach the younger generations the secrets of cooking. And, of course, families eat together! Eating is an occasion in Italian lifestyle, meaning that everyone sits together at a table and takes the time to talk.

Northern Italian family makes Spaghetti alla Bolognese

4. The importance of family time in Italian lifestyle

Italians love their family time. Of course, being stuck with your family 24/7 is not always easy, especially if you have 4 kids, and 2 dogs! While we can’t know if the divorce rate will increase due to coronavirus, it seems that Italians are taking this occasion to appreciate time with their loved ones. People are re-organizing their old photos, bringing back to mind the sweet memories of their past adventures. Others focus on board-games, perhaps someone will actually finish a game of Monopoly, for once!

family time in Italian lifestyle
Family-time in Italian lifestyle

5. Keeping houses clean and tidy

Being stuck at home all day, cooking sessions and school closure, means that the house needs constant cleaning, Italians say. It takes a lot of effort and it is surely something that many people don’t enjoy. But hey… it’s necessary, perhaps even entertaining, in some cases! My Italian mom once told me that when she was little she would pretend to own a hotel that she and her sister would tidy up in the morning. So, cleaning can foster bonding and the familial values of which Italians are so proud. Also, who doesn’t have that pile of books, or old notes that need to be re-organized? No more excuses to postpone, I’m afraid.

Having fun while cleaning the house
Having fun while cleaning the house

6. And more…

Italians, like many others, are also reading books and listening to music (always while sipping an espresso). Indoor sports help them to keep healthy (and burn the calories of yesterday’s pizza!). Schools are going digital and Italian kids and teachers are adjusting to the new system. Many people are also taking this time as an opportunity to talk (on the phone, of course!) with old friends with whom they had lost contact. Grandparents enjoy their long conversations with their grandchildren, telling them about the similar atmosphere they lived in during the War. Italians are showing that we can reinvent ourselves and live with less until we beat the virus and are free to go back to hugs, kisses, pizzerie, churches and museums!

School from home
School from home!

Need some more advise on what to do at home? Check our Blog Post on the most interesting Art Movies on Netflix. And remember, when you can’t go to museums, art can still come to you! Read our Blog posts about the Parthenon and beautiful Greek athletes. Finally, don’t forget to watch our short and kid-friendly art-history classes (available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube), the first one of which is on the Plague of Athens!

If there’s one thing we should be grateful for in these dark times, it’s that this isn’t happening in a time when we only had three TV channels (or worse, no TV at all). If you’re anything like us, you’ve been spending the last few weeks getting even better acquainted with your Netflix account. And with almost anything you can think of available for you to watch with just a few clicks, it is, all in all, a pretty good time to be stuck at home.

But, if you are like us, you’ll also be missing going to museums and seeing art. THATMuse is here for you in this strange time, to bring you our list of the best shows about art, art documentaries, and art movies on Netflix, so you can get your art fix at home. It may not be quite enough to get us through until the end of all this – but it should last you a few days.

1)     The First Line

If you’ve been on one of our treasure hunts at the British Museum, you will have learned about the complicated history of the Elgin Marbles. The Elgin Marbles are a collection of sculptures from the Parthenon, and are in the British Museum under somewhat dubious circumstances. They were sold to the museum by Lord Elgin, a Scottish nobleman, diplomat, soldier and politician who many claim didn’t have the right to them in the first place. This movie tells the story of two Athenian lawyers who – understandably – would quite like the marbles back.  

2)     Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere

While not an art movie per se, be honest: has there ever been a time when we were more in need of Bob Ross’s soothing tones, pretty paintings, and – frankly – iconic hairstyle? I’ll answer for you: no. Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere is a limited series from 1991, and is available on Netflix in 14 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. So grab a blanket, turn on the TV – and if you want a take a little nap, we won’t tell.

3)     At Eternity’s Gate

With an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes and starring Willem Dafoe, the 2018 drama about the final years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life is without a doubt one of the most popular art movies on Netflix. The movie is perhaps not strictly biographical, but it is full of landscapes which will be familiar to fans of Van Gogh’s paintings, and Dafoe is – as always – mesmerising. So settle in, soak it up – and perhaps when all this is over and you can plan that Musée d’Orsay treasure hunt, you’ll know what you’re looking for!

4)     Abstract: The Art of Design

Netflix’s 2019 documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design shows off the life and work of eight designers, including an architect, a stage designer and even the designer of several iconic Nike shoes. While it’s interesting to learn about the lives and thought processes of various artists, the biggest draw is aesthetic. Unsurprisingly for a show about artists, it’s visually stunning.

5)     Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Produced by, bizarrely, Leonardo DiCaprio and his father, Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski is a documentary about the life of little-known Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski. Based largely on a series of interviews conducted in the 1980s, the documentary paints a fascinating picture of an artist who made up his own language, taught himself sculpture, and once had most of his art destroyed in a Nazi raid.

6)     Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Secret of the Tomb is the third installment in the Night at the Museum Trilogy. Set in (a fictionalised version of) the British Museum, like the first two movies it stars Ben Stiller as a museum security guard, Larry. It also features an impressive ensemble cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan. It’s a great one to watch with kids while the museums are closed (but we won’t judge you if you watch it on your own).

7)     Mrs Lowry and Son

Set in the Lancashire town of Pendlebury in the 1930s, the 2019 drama Mrs Lowry and Son tells the story of renowned artist L.S. Lowry, and his cantankerous mother, Elizabeth, who remarks that she “hasn’t been cheerful since 1898”. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the bleaker art movies on Netflix – but there are some funny moments, and both Timothy Spall as L.S. Lowry and Vanessa Redgrave as the bedridden and grumpy Mrs Lowry, are excellent.

8)     Blown Away

Blown Away is the Canadian glassblowing reality TV show we didn’t know we needed. No, you haven’t succumbed to hallucinations after not leaving the house for so long – it’s a real thing. Think The Great British Bake Off for glassblowers: it’s charming, informative, and surprisingly dramatic.

9)     Velvet Buzzsaw

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this satirical horror movie set in the pretentious world of the Los Angeles art scene. The plot involves a collection of paintings found in a dead man’s apartment, and the events that follow are dark, supernatural, and at times gory – so stay away if you’re squeamish. Critics have generally found the movie to be a bit silly, but enjoyable if you’re into that kind of thing.

What have you been watching?

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Il Diadumeno di Vaison è una statua Romana in marmo che rappresenta un atleta vittorioso. Trovato a Vaison, una cittadina Romana nella Francia Meridionale, questo meraviglioso tesoro è oggi al British Museum (perché il Louvre si rifiutò di acquistarlo per il suo ‘prezzo spropositato’!). Si tratta di una copia romana realizzata su un modello originale greco in bronzo. Prova a pensare a quanto i Romani impararono dai Greci… Dopo aver conquistato le loro terre, portarono a casa tutte le loro opere più belle per farsi ispirare da esse. Chiaramente, non avrebbero potuto dimenticare il Diadumeno, un meraviglioso pezzo realizzato da uno dei più famosi artisti della Grecia Classica, Policleto.

Daidoumenos, Roman copy of a Greek statue
Il Daidoumenos, Copia Romana di un’Originale Statua Greca. British Museum

1. La Rappresentazione della Perfezione Nella Scultura Classica

I Romani si fecero affascinare da questa statua, che rappresenta un vincitore olimpico nell’atto di legare un nastro intorno alla testa. Il Diadumeno (che significa letteralmente ‘indossatore di nastro’), aveva appena ricevuto in dono un nastro per aver vinto una competizione sportiva. L’atleta è ancora nudo e i suoi muscoli sono contratti, come normale alla fine di una gara che richiede sforzo fisico. Di certo un’ occasione ghiotta per Policleto, che poteva sfruttare la nudità e il corpo atletico del giovane per mettere alla prova la sua abilità di ritrarre un’immagine di bellezza e perfezione. La statua originale era in bronzo, un materiale che rappresentava in modo ancora più accurato la pelle abbronzata ed oleata del vincitore.

Policleto si Esercita per Rappresentare la Perfezione del Corpo Umano. Copia Romana, Louvre

2. L’Idealizzazione della Figura Umana

Ma chi è questo atleta? E cosa possiamo sapere di lui guardando il suo ritratto? Non molto… nel V secolo AC gli scultori greci non desideravano realizzare ritratti realistici: le statue non dovevano richiamare le vere caratteristiche fisiche di chi le possedeva. Invece, l’obiettivo degli artisti era di idealizzare la figura umana. Ovviamente, il Diadumeno era stato dato in dono ad un vero atleta, ma lo rappresentava come un bellissimo e generico vincitore, la cui perfezione poteva ispirare tutti coloro che se lo trovavano di fronte.

Roman Copy of a 5th century Greek statue
Doriforo (Portatore di Lancia), Copia Romana di una Statua di Policleto. Minneapolis Institute of Art

3. La Bellezza, una Virtù da non Sottovalutare

Essere atletico e frequentare la palaestra non era meno importante di andare a scuola o di studiare i Poemi Omerici, e le statue dei vincitori olimpici si meritavano l’attenzione di tutti. E quindi… anche se non possiamo sapere quale fosse il vero aspetto fisico di questo atleta, c’è qualcosa che la sua statua ci può dire sul suo conto: quest’uomo aveva vinto 3 giochi olimpici, motivo per il quale gli venne offerta una statua in dono. Coloro che vincevano una sola volta, oltre che con fama e gloria, venivano premiati ‘soltanto’ con un nastro e dell’olio.

Scena su Vaso del V secolo: Atleti in Palestra. British Museum

4. Le Conquiste degli Artisti del V Secolo

Sicuramente gli artisti Greci del V secolo raggiunsero dei risultati eccezionali, come si nota anche dalle Sculture del Partenone che appartengono alla stessa epoca. E la Pittura Vascolare dello stesso secolo non è da meno! Se ti piace l’arte classica e vuoi saperne di più, ricorda di prenotare una Caccia al Tesoro al British Musuem o al Louvre. Se ti senti competitivo e vuoi un po’ di vantaggio sugli altri cacciatori, non dimenticare di dare un’occhiata agli altri post che, come questo, risponderanno a delle domande bonus.

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The Daidoumenos of Vaison is a Roman marble statue of an ancient Greek athlete. Found at Vaison, a Roman town in Southern France, this beautiful piece is at the British Museum (because the Louvre refused to buy it for its ‘unreasonable price’!). The statue is a Roman copy of a Greek original in bronze. Just think for a second about how much the Romans learnt from the Greeks… After conquering their lands, they brought back home all their most beautiful artworks and took inspiration from them. Clearly, they couldn’t forget the Daidoumenos, a sculpture by one of the most famous artists of Classical Greece, Polykleitos.

Daidoumenos, Roman copy of a Greek statue
The Daidoumenos, Roman Copy of an Ancient Greek Athelet. British Museum

1. The Representation of Perfection in Greek and Roman Sculpture

The statue portrays an Olympic winner lifting his arms to knot a ribbon around his head. This Daidoumenos (which literally means ‘ribbon wearer’), had just received a ribbon for winning an athletic competition. Of course, the athlete is still naked! And his muscles are contracted as would be normal after a physical contest. A wonderful occasion for Polykleitos! The excellent sculptor could use the nudity and the athletic body of the athlete to improve his ability to portray perfection and beauty. The original statue was made of bronze, a material that more closely represented the tanned and oiled skin of the victor.

Apollo, Roman Copy of a Greek original statue of Apollo
Polykleitos’ experiments on the representation of the human body. Roman copy, Louvre

2. The Idealisation of the Human Figure

But who is this athlete? and what can his portrait tell us of him? Not much… in the 5th century BC Greek sculptors did not aim at real portraiture: statues didn’t need to resemble the physical characteristics of their owners. Instead, artists aimed at the idealisation of the human figure. While a real ancient Greek athlete actually received the Daidoumenos as a gift, the statue represented him as a generic and beautiful victor, whose perfection could inspire all viewers coming across it.

Doryphoros, Roman Copy of a Greek Original
Roman Copy of a Greek original by Polykleitos, depicting a ‘Spear-bearer’. Minneapolis Institute of Art

3. Beauty: the ultimate value of Goodness

Being athletic, beautiful and going to the palaestra (gym), wasn’t less important than going to school or learning about Homer. And Statues of Olympic winners deserved everyone’s attention: the values of Beauty and Goodness were strictly associated. Unfortunately, we can’t know what the athlete behind the image looked like. However, there is something that this statue can tell us about him! he won 3 Olympic games, which is why he received a statue. One-time winners received, other than fame and glory, ‘only’ a ribbon and some oil.

Ancient Greek Athletes at the Gym, 5th century vase
Ancient Greek Athletes Training at the Gym on a 5th cent Vase. British Museum

4. Artistic Achievements of 5th Century Greece

For sure Greek artists of the 5th century achieved unprecedented results, as one can also see from the contemporary Sculptural Program of the Parthenon. But 5th century vase painting is no less impressive! If you like Classical Art and want to learn more about it, try our treasure hunts at the British Museum and at the Louvre! If you’re feeling competitive and want to get a leg up on the other treasure hunters, don’t forget to check our other British Museum blog posts giving away bonus points.

Just a heads up: some of the things in bold might be answers to bonus questions on your Fun & Games Treasure Hunt!

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If you had a trip to Paris planned in the next few months, you’re probably feeling pretty crushed right now. Our hearts go out to our Parisian friends, who are currently on lockdown. For the rest of us, Paris feels very far away. There’s nothing quite like a stroll along the Seine, a picnic in the shade of the Eiffel Tower, or a museum treasure hunting romp through the Louvre (we think so anyway). But here’s the next best thing: our favourite books about Paris to read while you can’t get there.

Psst! We’ve provided Amazon links to each book, but if you can, consider supporting a local bookshop, many of whom will deliver.

1) A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway

There is perhaps no better book about Paris in the 1920s than Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast. The memoir is based on a stack of notebooks that has spent more than three decades in a trunk in the basement of the Paris Ritz. Being stuck at home is no reason not to get stuck into this time capsule of Paris life in the roaring 20s – moveable as it is.  

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Street traffic in Paris, 1920s
Paris in the 1920s. Photo from the Stockholm Transport Museum

2) The Paris Wife – Paula McLain

The Paris Wife is effectively A Moveable Feast from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, the first of Hemingway’s four wives. Primarily set in Paris, it’s a novel, so must be taken with a pinch of salt. But it is nice to read the perspective of one of the women affected by the author’s womanising. And, while it’s not considered a literary masterpiece in the same way as Hemingway’s work, it’s well-written and worth a read.

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Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, 1922
Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, in 1922

3) Paris: The Secret History – Andrew Hussey

This is not a book for those seeking a clean, pretty, Disney-fied version of Paris. It describes a city “made up of radically different spaces and multiple personalities, always at odds with each other and often in noisy collision”, as Andrew Hussey says in the book’s introduction. This introduction, incidentally, is titled “An Autopsy on an Old Whore”, which should tell you everything you need to know about the tone of the book. If you’re looking for a somewhat gritty, at times funny, and always honest history of Paris from its foundation by the Parisii in the 3rd Century BC to the present day, though – look no further.   

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A book stall in Paris
A book stall in Paris. Photo by Natalia Y on Unsplash

4) Paris Echo – Sebastian Faulks

A modern novel set in Paris, Sebastian Faulks’ Paris Echo is a book of contrasts. The version of Paris it portrays will be familiar to anyone who has lived there in recent years. Beauty, elegance and sweeping boulevards are juxtaposed with the seedy, grubby underbelly of the city (yes, it has one like anywhere else!). The two main characters – an American academic and a runaway Moroccan teenager, also seem to have little in common. And the stories of women living in Paris under the German occupation provide a comparison to modern life à la parisienne. It’s a great book with a good story. It’s also clearly a love letter to Paris – as accurate in geography as it is in ambiance – and is worth a read just for that.

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A rooftop view of Paris
A rooftop view of Paris. Photo by Paul Dufour on Unsplash

5) Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant

We couldn’t very well write a list of the best books about Paris without featuring at least one 19th Century classic (and there are several missing from this list). Maupassant’s Bel-Ami follows the corrupt rise to power of Georges Duroy, a character we would probably now call a sociopath. While Duroy’s merciless using of a string of both sexual and professional acquaintances is entertaining – if somewhat disturbing – the novel’s most important achievement is its portrayal of upper-middle class Paris at the turn of the century. Not a light read, but a fun and interesting one once you get into it.

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Two pigeons embrace in front of the Eiffel Tower
Two pigeons embrace in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

6) The Red Notebook – Antoine Laurent

The Red Notebook is a lovely, if somewhat whimsical novella set in a realistic, if somewhat idealised Paris. It tells the story of Laurent, a middle-aged bookseller, who sets out to reunite a notebook he has found with its owner. Literary masterpiece it is not, and the level of serendipity and random chance might be annoying at times. But it’s a nice, soothing read, and as books about Paris go, it’ll do a pretty good job of transporting you there.

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Two women reading on green chairs in Paris
One of Paris’ many reading spots

7) Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay

There’s no shortage of books set in Paris during the German Occupation, and Sarah’s Key is one of the more compelling. It’s dual timeline – following a young Jewish girl arrested in the Vel’ d’Hiv round-up of 1942, and a modern-day American journalist asked to write an article for the 60th anniversary of the event. Even apart from the plot, which is both dark and disturbing, the novel offers a realistic view of two cities: modern-day Paris and the Paris of the 1940s.

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Soldiers outside the Hotel Crillon, Place de la Concorde, Paris, 1940s
Soldiers at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, in 1940

8) All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

A novel set in Paris, Germany and Saint-Malo, All the Light We Cannot See is another depiction of France during the German Occupation. It follows the stories of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl living in Paris and later fleeing to Saint-Malo, and Werner, a young German boy skilled in repairing radios. It’s not a light or cheerful read, but it didn’t win the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for nothing.

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A Parisian book shop in the 1940s
A Parisian book shop in the 1940s

9) A Year in the Merde – Stephen Clarke

Finally, A Year in the Merde is an “almost true” account of Englishman Stephen Clarke’s years living in Paris. The story of the protagonist, a 27-year-old Englishman tasked with setting up a chain of tearooms in a nation of coffee-drinkers, is fictional. But the wry, sarcastic and at times nonplussed take on French culture, language and people is what it’s worth reading for. As for the title, the merde is both figurative and literal – according to Clarke 600 Parisians are hospitalised each year thanks to the streets slippery canine deposits. There – you don’t feel so bad about cancelling that trip to Paris now, do you?

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A street in Paris. Photo by Anh Q Tran on Unsplash

More books about Paris

There are far too many great books about Paris to list in one blog post. Here are a few more of our favourites:

Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Down and Out In Paris and London by George Orwell

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Parisians by Graham Robb

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Did we miss anything?

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As soon as you set foot inside the Natural History Museum, you are greeted by some of the collection’s most amazing skeletons. Depending on which entrance you use, you will be met by one of two Natural History Museum highlights: Hope the blue whale, or Sophie the stegosaurus. Both are remarkably complete specimens that have allowed us to learn a huge amount about how they once lived. 

Hope: the Natural History Museum Whale

Hope is the new centerpiece of Hintze Hall, the grand hall at the heart of the Natural History Museum. This was spot was previously held by the beloved Dippy the Diplodocus, who was installed in 1979. Dippy greeted generations of visitors to the Natural History Museum. But, after a last farewell tour of the UK in October 2020, she was due for retirement.  

The Natural History Museum's Whale Skeleton, Hope
Hope, the Natural History Museum’s Blue Whale Skeleton. Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Hope was unveiled on July 14th, 2017. She is suspended from the ceiling, mouth gaping wide as if swimming down to swallow up anyone walking through the front doors. Hope’s name is a symbol for our ability to protect the environment in the future. Whales as a species were almost hunted to extinction before concentrated human effort began to put their numbers on the rise again. Thus; Hope.  

What do we know about Hope?

She is a real skeleton taken from a young female blue whale that beached in Ireland in 1891. Although some whales live to be 100 years old, Hope may have been only 15 years old when she died. Despite her youth, she measures an incredible 25.2m, and her bones alone weigh 4.5 tonnes. Just imagine how much she must have weighed when she was alive! Blue Whales are the largest creatures to have ever lived on our planet, even bigger than any dinosaur or prehistoric creature. 

Museum scientists have been able to work out Hope’s likely behaviour and travels by studying chemicals left behind in her baleen plates. Like your hair and nails, a whale’s baleen plates are made of keratin. Unlike any part of you though, their job is to filter out plankton from the seawater for the whale to eat. This means that unlike other mammals, whales don’t need to have teeth. Amazingly, scientists can also study whale ear wax to discover their age and hormone levels. Imagine your whole life dedicated to studying massive plugs of ear wax! It must be disgusting work — but important.

Sophie: One of the Natural History Museum’s Most Famous Dinosaurs

At the other entrance to the museum on Exhibition Road, you enter into the old Royal Geological Society building, where you’re greeted by Sophie the Stegosaurus. Found in Wyoming in the United States in 2004, this skeleton is by far the most complete one of its kind ever found.

Sophie, one of the Natural History Museum's most complete Dinosaur Skeletons
Sophie the Stegosaurus, a highlight of the Natural History Museum’s collection. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Sophie’s bones are remarkably preserved in their original form, not crushed flat by millions of years of earth’s pressure. This means that the museum scientists have been able to 3D model and scan the whole skeleton to get an amazing picture of how Sophie could have moved. In truth, we have no way of knowing whether Sophie was female or male as no soft tissue survives. She gets her name from the daughter of the donor whose gift allowed the museum to buy this amazing piece!

These two skeletons are without a doubt some of the highlights of the Natural History Museum’s collection. However, since we’re talking about a museum with some 80 million specimens, there’s plenty more to see! Feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to see at the Natural History Museum? A Natural History Museum treasure hunt with THATMuse will take you to the highlights of the collection, while injecting a bit of fun and competition for good measure.

If you can’t get there right now, check out the Natural History Museum category on our blog. We have plenty of posts about Natural History Museum highlights to keep you going!

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I Greci rispettavano le regole del buon costume in modo molto diligente: le donne dovevano essere delle bravi madri, bimbi e ragazzi frequentavano la scuola, la palestra e si preparavano per diventare forti guerrieri, i più anziani consigliavano, con la loro saggezza, le nuove generazioni, e tutti pregavano gli dei durante le festività religiose. C’era un’occasione, però, in cui quasi tutto era concesso e in cui le regole del buon costume potevano essere dimenticate: il simposio. I nostri musei sono pieni di vasi che mostrano simposiasti che si divertono e giocano; il motivo della loro popularità  è  semplice: i Greci, come gli Egizi, i Cinesi, gli Anglo-Sassoni e le genti della Mesopotamia, spesso seppellivano i propri morti con dei giochi (o scene di giochi), per permettergli di divertirsi durante la loro vita ultraterrena.

Un giovane aiuta un simposiasta che vomita

1. Cosa un vaso può dirci dello stile di vita degli antichi greci

Tra i tanti vasi da bevuta ospitati al British Musuem, ce n’è uno di particolare interesse: uno Stamnos a figure rosse con una scena in cui alcuni Greci si divertono a sfidarsi ad un gioco alcolico chiamato ‘Kottabos’ (si tratta, ovviamente, di uno dei tesori della nostra caccia a tema Divertimento e Giochi!). Durante il gioco i partecipanti dovevano lanciare i resti del vino contro un bersaglio, un po’ come giocare a freccette, ma più difficile perché i rimasugli dovevano incollarsi insieme in aria prima di raggiungere il bersaglio. I protagonisti della scena sono efebi, adolescenti Greci di sesso maschile che si preparavano a diventare guerrieri. Tutti gli efebi rappresentati qui indossano bellissimi abiti (che li coprono soltanto per metà!), certe volte portano delle corone d’edera, e cantano e bevono, mentre una ragazza con una deliziosa veste suona il flauto.

Scena del simposio su un vaso greco al British Museum

2. Ruoli di genere al Simposio

Tutti i maschi che appaiono sul vaso facevano parte della classe benestante della popolazione (dato che solo gli uomini più ricchi ed educati potevano divertirsi al simposio), la ragazza, invece, era probabilmente un’ etera (una schiava prostituta). Le etere formavano una classe sociale tutta loro nell’antica Grecia: durante la loro vita di ogni giorno partecipavano ad un training speciale per imparare ad ‘intrattenere’ gli uomini ricchi (mentre le loro mogli rimanevano rinchiuse in casa).

Etera gioca a Kottabos, 500 BC circa

3. Il ruolo delle donne nella Grecia Antica

Come spesso accadeva nel mondo antico, gli uomini Greci erano più liberi delle donne e potevano alleggerire la pesantezza dei propri compiti giornalieri con feste e giochi alcolici. Alcuni suggeriscono che le etere, le donne da cui si facevano accompagnare durante il simposio, avessero maggiore libertà e influenza delle donne delle classi più abbienti: durante il loro training studiavano filosofia e storia così da poter conversare con uomini di ogni tipo durante i banchetti. Erano, ovviamente, poco più di povere schiave del sesso, ma sembra chiaro dall’evidenza a nostra disposizione che prendevano parte alla vita intellettuale della Grecia antica e che i simposiasti spesso le sceglievano come consulenti personali.

Vaso da bevuta con donne nude che piegano i propri abiti

4. Un vaso o un libro?

Sembra incredibile quanto possiamo imparare dalla scena di un solo vaso! I vasi Greci erano quasi dei libri, spesso decorati con storie di vita reale che ci permettono di penetrare l’affascinante mondo di questa magnifica popolazione. Per saperne di più di arte e architettura Greca e per prepararti ancor meglio alla tua caccia a tema Divertimento e Giochi dai un’occhiata al nostro Blog post sul Partenone! Ti sei innamorato anche tu dell’arte Greca? Non perdere tempo a prenotare una Caccia al British Museum o al Louvre per andare alla ricerca di alcuni magnifici tesori dell’antica Grecia. Leggi anche i nostri posts sull’arte Egizia, in cui troverai altre risposte a domande bonus, qui e qui! Se ti è piaciuto il tema un po’ scandaloso di questo post, dai una lettura alle più interessanti storie d’amore del passato: Cupido e Psiche, Gli Amanti di Ain Sakhri,  Teti e Peleo e Priapo.

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In ancient Greek society people carefully followed the social rules of good behaviour. Women had to be good mothers. Kids and youths went to school, to the gym and were trained to be brave warriors. The elder ones inspired the new generations with their wise advice. And everyone prayed to the gods during the religious festivities. There was a time though, when almost everything was allowed and when social rules of good behaviour could be forgotten: the symposium. Museums are filled with vases showing symposiasts having fun and playing, precisely because the Greeks, like the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Chinese and the Anglo-Saxons, often buried their dead with games (or scenes of games), in order to allow them to have fun during their afterlife.

Scene of Symposium in Ancient Greek Society
A slave attends to a vomiting symposiast, 500-470 BC, National Museum of Denmark

1. What a Vase Can tell Us About Ancient Greek Lifestyle

Among the many drinking vessels at the British Museum, there is one of particular interest. It’s a red-figured Stamnos showing Greeks playing a drinking game called ‘Kottabos’ (and is, of course, one of our Fun and Games treasures). During the game, players had to throw dregs of wine at a target. It was a bit like darts, but harder because the dregs had to stick together mid-air before reaching the target. The protagonists of the scene are ephebes, Greek male adolescents training to become soldiers. All ephebes are well dressed (or half-dressed!), sometimes wear ivy-wreaths, and drink and sing, while a girl in a beautiful garment plays the flute.

Glimps of ancient Greeks society in the scene of a vase
Greek Stamnos with symposiasts at the British Museum, 475-425 BC

2. Gender Roles at the Symposium

All the males in the scene were part of the wealthier part of the population. Only the richest and most educated men were allowed to have fun at the symposium, after all. But what was the role of women at the party and in ancient Greece? The girl represented was probably a hetaira (a slave prostitute). Hetairai constituted a social class of their own in ancient Greek society. In their daily life, they were trained to serve as the companions of wealthy men (while their wives were secluded at home).

The role of women in ancient Greece
Hetaira playing Kottabos, 500 BC ca, Getty Villa Collection

3. The Role of Women in Ancient Greek Society

Historians and archaeologists don’t often know much about Greek Women and their stories. For sure we know that Greek men were freer than women. The hard duties of men’s daily life could in fact be eased at their drinking parties, where rules didn’t exist. Some suggest that the hetairai, the women entertaining them during the symposium, were more influential than the women of the upper class. During their training, they were taught philosophy and politics so to be able to converse with all men. While they were, of course, little more than sex slaves, it seems clear from the evidence at our disposal that hetairai did participate in the intellectual life of ancient Greece and that the symposiasts often took them as their personal advisors.

The role of Greek women at the symposium
Drinking cup with naked women folding their garments, The Met

4. A Vase or a Book?

It is incredible how much we can learn from the scene of a vase! Greek vases are almost books, often recounting stories of real life and social behaviour and allowing us to enter the fascinating world of ancient Greek society. For more on Greek art and architecture, read about The Parthenon and don’t forget to check our posts on Egyptian art, giving away other bonus answers, here and here! Are you also in love with Greek art and its hidden messages? Book a hunt at either the British Museum or the Louvre where you’ll find plenty of Greek art! If you liked the saucy theme of this blog post, have a look at the most interesting love stories of the past: Cupid and Psyche, The Ain Sakhri Lovers, Thetis and Peleus, and Priapus.

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Our THATMuse Dinosaur and Extinct beasts Treasure Hunt focus on the incredible treasures inside the Natural History Museum’s 80 million strong collection, but this blog contains 7 fascinating facts about the natural history museum building itself.  
 

1. Founder Richard Owen invented the word Dinosaur

Sir Richard Owen was a world-famous naturalist and the man who created the term ‘dinosaur’. He took three unusual fossils and realised they were all of a kind: Megalosauraus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. When put in charge of Britain’s natural history collection he decided they needed a new home outside the British Museum. He set out to purpose build the perfect building to house the wonders of the natural world.  

2. It was built from terracotta so it wouldn’t be stained by the Victorian smog. 

Eventually Alfred Waterhouse, a relatively unknown young architect from Liverpool was given the job and he set out plans for a ‘Cathedral to Nature’ as it would soon be nicknamed. Waterhouse used terracotta to decorate the building as it was quicker and cheaper to carve, and it would be less affected by Victorian London’s sooty, smoky atmosphere. Others were being stained black by the smog! 

3. Every surface in Hintze hall is crawling with life! 

Under Owen’s guidance Waterhouse created a huge central space in the style of a cathedral, now named Hintze Hall.  This space was deliberately big enough to house the biggest pieces in the collection, from diplodocuses to blue whales!  Almost every surface in Hintze hall is adorned with scenes from the natural world. Monkeys climb the arches. Woodland critters cuddle the corner columns. The ceiling is decorated with real plants and their scientific names, from beautiful flowers to cocoa and tea. 

4. The outside is covered in gargoyles, from lions to pterodactyls.  

Even the outside of the building is decorated! Terracotta gargoyles loom off the façade. On the East wing, next to exhibition road and the V&A Museum you can see Pterodactyls and saber-toothed tigers perched outside windows and roaring from the rooftop. On the West wing nearer the museum’s wildlife garden you can instead see wolves, lions and kangaroos watching over the London streets. 

5. It was designed to disagree with Darwin 

It was by Owen’s decree the east wing is decorated entirely with extinct creatures, and the west entirely with living species. The museum was built as Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was gaining prominence and revealing the connections extinct species have to our modern ones. Owen however disproved of Darwin’s removal of God as the true creator of our living species. He agreed with the science, he could see the evidence of species evolving but believed it all began with God. So he build a huge cathedral in between the living and the extinct wings to show gods role at the heart of the natural world.  

6. Some animals are now on the wrong side of the building 

There have been many changes to the environment of our world over the last 150 years. So there are now two animals on the wrong sides of the building. The passenger pigeon used to fly over North America in flocks of millions. But thanks to human expansion by 1914 there was just one left, called Martha in San Diego Zoo. Carved into the living side, it should now be with the pterodactyls and other extinct animals. The opposite is true of the coelacanth. A fish thought extinct for 66 million years until in 1938 a fisherman caught one off the coast of South Africa! This is known as a Lazarus Taxon: species that have risen from the dead.  

7. A giant cocoon houses the new Darwin Centre 

The newest part of the building is the Darwin Centre. Comprising several buildings, the most interesting is the Cocoon containing the UK Diodiversity lab. It is also home to the Entomology department studying the museum’s bugs. 28 million specimens had to be carefully moved from the old building to the new. There is also the Zoology Spirit collection which has 22 million animal specimens preserved in jars of alcoholic spirit. The biggest is a 9m long Giant Squid! 

If you enjoyed these facts about the Natural History Museum, book a Dinosaur and Extinct Beasts treasure hunt and go exploring with family or friends! 

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Greek Art and Mythology: one of the earliest representations of the Trojan Horse, 750-650 BC 

From sculptures to pottery, from paintings to temples, mythology is a broad topic in ancient Greek art and architecture. The Parthenon architecture, one of the most famous ancient complexes of all times, is a striking example of how the ancient Greeks took inspiration from their classical mythology to make sense of the real world.  

Rise of the Parthenon

This magnificent temple was built after the Persian Wars, when, in the mid 5th century BC. Athens and its leader, Pericles, wanted to show the world that they were strong, and brave. The city had been destroyed several times and the Parthenon architecture could be a symbol of its rebirth. In order to serve Pericles’ nationalistic goal, the Greeks built the temple on top of the Acropolis, where it could be clearly visible by anyone approaching the city. 

The temple honoured Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and War and patroness of Athens. She is also the protagonist of its key decorations. However, after their outstanding victory over the Persians, the Greeks wanted the Parthenon honor all the Gods of Mount Olympus, not only Athena. Gods and Goddesses occupied the pediments (the big triangles supported by columns on the short sides of the temple). The West Pediment told of the mythological contest between Athena and Poseidon (the God of the Sea) over who would be the ruler of Attica. The victory went to the Virgin Goddess. The East Pediment evoked the story of the birth of Athena before the other divinities gathered to enjoy the event.  

Greek mythology in art on the Parthenon east pediment
The East Pediment of the Parthenon 
Metope of the Parthenon showing Lapith and Centaur in a fight
Metope of the Parthenon showing Lapith and Centaur in a fight

The monstrous enemy

 But mythology could serve a smarter and more useful role. Stories of battles between uncivilised beasts and strong men, could easily be connected to the more recent historical events: the Wars between the barbaric Persians and the heroic Athenians. Any who studied the Greeks knows that they considered the Centaur (a half-man, half-horse beast usually drunken and very loud!) the ‘uncivilised’ par excellence. And so… Greek sculptors used the metopes (the rectangular spaces under the pediments) to represent the mythological fight between the Lapiths (a legendary tribe from Thessaly) and the Centaurs. They crashed the wedding of the Lapith king in order to steal their women. The tale served the ideological goal of the temple perfectly: the centaurs could metaphorically represent the Persians and their bad manners, while the Lapiths, who win the battle in the end, were connected to the superior and civilised Athenians.                                              

The Parthenon today

One cannot but think that the Greeks were real masters of the arts!  They were highly skilled sculptors and architects and with the Parthenon, their iconographic choices often followed precise ideological plans. We can’t know if the Greeks will ever get their most famous sculpture back to Athens, but for now we keep enjoying some of its parts at the British Museum. Want to know more about how the famous ‘Elgin Marbles’ were brought to the English capital? Read the story here! The Parthenon architecture is, of course, a wonderful treasure in our Fun & Games hunt; for more blog posts (and bonus answers) on other Fun & Games treasures check here and here! Feel like you’d like to learn more about Greek Art? Check our Blog post on the Symposium in ancient Greece.

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Da sculture e vasi, ad affreschi e templi, la mitologia popola quasi l’intera produzione artistica greca. Il Partenone, uno dei più famosi complessi architettonici di tutti i tempi, rappresenta un lampante esempio di come i Greci si lasciassero ispirare dai propri racconti mitologici per dare un senso al mondo che li circondava. 

Questo magnifico tempio fu costruito alla fine delle Guerre Persiane, quando, alla metà del V secolo AC, Atene e il suo leader, Pericle, desideravano mostrare al mondo di essere una popolazione forte ed eroica. La città era stata distrutta diverse volte nei decenni precedenti e il Partenone e i suoi rilievi potevano di certo essere un simbolo della sua rinascita. Per servire gli obiettivi nazionalistici di Pericle, i Greci posizionarono il tempio in cima all’Acropoli di modo che fosse chiaramente visibile. Il Tempio celebrava Atena, Dea della Saggezza e della Guerra, e protettrice della città, che, in effetti, è la protagonista delle sue decorazioni architettoniche. I Greci, però, dopo la loro grandiosa vittoria sui Persiani, volevano ringraziare tutti gli abitanti del Monte Olimpo per il loro supporto durante le Guerre, e non soltanto Atena. Non dovrebbe dunque sorprenderci se Dei e Dee occupano i frontoni (i grandi triangoli sostenuti dalle colonne ad entrambi i lati corti del tempio): il Frontone Ovest raccontava della sfida mitologica tra Atena e Poseidone (il Dio del mare), in lite per chi di loro potesse governare sull’Attica, e della vittoria della Dea; il Frontone Est, invece, mostrava il racconto della nascita di Atena al cospetto di altre divintà riunite per assistere all’evento. 

La mitologia, però, poteva servire un compito ancora più intelligente e sofisticato: racconti di combattimenti tra bestie incivili ed uomini coraggiosi, potevano facilmente essere connessi ai recenti eventi storici: le Guerre tra i barbari Persiani e gli eroici Ateniesi. Chi ha studiato i Greci sa che consideravano il centauro (una creatura per metà uomo e per metà cavallo, solitamente ubriaca e molto rumorosa!) la personificazione dell’ ‘inciviltà’ per eccellenza. E così… I migliori scultori Greci utilizzarono le metope (spazi rettangolari sotto i frontoni) per rappresentare il combattimento mitologico tra i Lapiti (una tribù leggendaria della Tessalonia) e i Centauri, che fecero irruzione al Matrimonio del re dei Lapiti per rubarne le donne. Il racconto serviva l’obiettivo ideologico del tempio perfettamente: i centauri rappresentavano metaforicamente i Persiani e le loro cattive maniere, mentre i Lapiti, che alla fine vincono la battaglia, richiamavano al coraggio dei civilizzati Ateniesi. 

Non possiamo che affermare che i Greci erano veri maestri delle arti! Non solo erano abili scultori e architetti ma, come nel caso del Partenone, le loro scelte iconografiche spesso seguivano dei sofisticati piani ideologici. Se hai voglia di leggere di uno dei più famosi artisti greci di tutti i tempi, Policleto, clicca qui! Non possiamo sapere se i Greci riusciranno mai a riportare a casa il loro amato tempio, ma per adesso noi continuiamo a godercelo al British Museum. Vuoi sapere di come i famosi ‘Marmi di Elgin’ furono portati nella capitale inglese? Dai un’occhiata qui! Il Partenone è, ovviamente, un meraviglioso tesoro della nostra Caccia a tema Divertimento e Giochi! Per qualche altro posts (e risposte a domande bonus) su altri tesori della Caccia Divertimento e Giochi, leggi qui qui! Vuoi saperne di più della Grecia antica? Dai un’occhiata al nostro post sul cosa un vaso Greco può dirci del Simposio!