Most people know that the Ancient Greeks invented democracy, and the Olympic Games. Ancient Greek philosophers and Greek tragedies are famous all over the world, and mythological stories from Ancient Greece still fascinate and inspire us today. But you may not know how much of the technology we rely on today is thanks to the inventions of Ancient Greece. In this post, we delve into the world of Ancient Greek technology, to learn about some ancient inventions that we still use in our daily lives.
In Ancient Greek mythology, Nike was the Goddess who personified Victory. Personifications weren’t rare in Greek religion. For example, Arete was the Goddess of excellence and virtue, and Aeltheia was the spirit of truth. Sister of Kratos (Stregth), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal), the Greek Goddess of Victory was famous for her grace, strength and speed.
In the last 15 years, the Percy Jackson series has become one of the most popular book and movie franchises of our time. Fans of the series will know that Percy’s adventures mirror many of the deeds of the Greek hero Perseus, the inspiration for his character. But how well do you know the real story of Perseus and his nemesis, Medusa? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the real mythological story of Perseus and Medusa. So, take a seat and get ready to learn about gods and demi-gods, love, drama, monsters and heroes!
Have you been following our #PortraitParty series? If so, you’ll know that by way of just reading this, you may be the lucky recipient of a PDF that will rock your world. WHO doesn’t want the challenge of deciphering a da Vinci decoding exercise? Who doesn’t want to spot 10 (yes, ten!) differences between an original Botticelli and a mocked-up version? Art History Word Search? We got you covered!
In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of strong lady warriors. In some versions of the myth, they lived in isolation, at the edge of the civilised world, and only communicated with men in order to reproduce. Proud to live in their own community, the Amazons didn’t allow men to enter their country, and would only meet them once a year to prevent their community from dying out. After giving birth, they only kept their female babies, leaving the boys with the neighbouring tribe.
This week the boys and I made a general mess, moving furniture about to convert our dining room into an avant-garde, everyone-wants-to-be-there ‘PP GALLERY’. As you know from my last blog post, this is the beginning of my homeschool art project with the kids. We’re going to PARTY with hip artists & snazzy characters from history (fictional and otherwise) whose portraits we’re sticking on the walls. The installation of this #PortraitParty will be laid out over several weeks, and involves a covert operation with which to surprise Daddy (Hernan), our guest of honor. Our secrets will be unveiled at the opening, or vernissage of the PP GALLERY (PP stands for Portrait Party, and of course has the unreasonably sophisticated reference to our refined toilet humor).
After a few weeks of self-isolation, I realized my edge on getting the kids into art history wasn’t cutting it with wonderful museum virtual tours. Even the naughtiness of Beyoncé & JayZ’s Louvre music video, ApeSh**t, had lost its luster for Storsh (aged 9) and Balthazar (aged 4). Moreover, art at home with Balthazar (making a police bus out of a cherry tomato carton (clad with criminals), or becoming a pressed flower card-making factory for Easter) wasn’t replacing the in-person drip of art history games that the boys are used to.
Ever heard of the terrible 5th century Plague of Athens? Over 2400 years later we’re living though another dreadful health crisis. How did the Greeks handle theirs? And is coronavirus comparable to the many illnesses that have hit the world so far? Historians and art-historians like us love to say that the past always teaches us something. Some stories, like that of the Plague of Athens, are timeless, and we can learn from them even today.
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.
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.
We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new London KidPack! Joining our ever-successful Paris KidPack, it is full of fun activities, puzzles and creative fun. Add one as a bonus after a family treasure hunt at any of our three London museums, and keep the discovery going!
always love museums. You’ve tried your best, we know. The day begins well, with
the whole family excited for a trip to the museum. Maybe your kids last an
hour. A little more, if you’re incredibly lucky. Or maybe just a few minutes.
But somewhere along the lines, the meltdown begins. The fun-filled day out you
envisioned starts to seem like a distant dream.
The kids are
tired. They’re hungry. Museums are boring
anyway. Who wants to traipse around looking at old stuff when you could be
And the truth
is, you’re tired too. A part of you wonders if the kids are right. Are museums
just boring, dusty old places? Because no matter how genuinely fascinating the
exhibits, “museum legs” are a thing.
Is it your fault
your kids just aren’t into this museum thing? Have you doomed them to a
colourless, cultureless life? Will these traumatic childhood experiences leave
them refusing to visit museums at all as adults?
Well, no. The
truth is, we all feel like this at one point or another. But, while it’s
tempting to think that maybe museums and kids just don’t mix, this simply isn’t
At THATMuse, we’ve helped hundreds of people visit some of the biggest and best museums in Paris and London. Lots of those people are families with kids aged from 5-13. And guess what – most of them leave saying that the British Museum is one of the best things to do in London with kids. Or that their trip to Paris with kids wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Louvre.
How is this possible?
If even your
local museum exhausts your kids (and you), how could you possibly fathom
bringing them to some of the largest museums in the world? Because although the
Louvre, the British Museum, the Musée d’Orsay & the V&A are among the
most beautiful, impressive museums in the world, their sheer size mean that
they are a challenge. For anyone. The Louvre alone contains eight miles of
museum, for God’s sake.
The answer is
pretty simple. And it’s something you can totally do on your own.
missing ingredient from your museum trips:
After all, all
parents have tried it:
“I bet you can’t tidy up your bedroom faster than your
“Let’s see who can be the first to finish their
“The first one ready at the door in their shoes and
coat gets a treat!” (because after all, what is a
competition without a prize?).
Museums are no different. By making them a game – one that can be won – you make museums… well, fun.
3 Ways to Inject Some Competition into Your Day at the
The Miniature Museum Treasure Hunt:
simple game works best with art museums. Pick something – anything – and have
your kids compete to see who can spot the most of them. It really could be
almost anything. Dogs. Angels. Redheads. Paintings of people who look like
Grandma. Or better yet – have the kids pick something themselves.
Hint: things tend to stick in kids minds more if they’re gory, weird, or gross. Ask your kids to choose what they want to be on the hunt for, and don’t stress if they choose “skulls” or “ugly guys” or “boobies”. It’s their game, and if it makes it more fun for them, why not (though maybe have a chat beforehand about which words its appropriate to shout to their siblings from across the gallery).
2. The Postcard Game:
All museums have
a gift shop, and all museum gift shops have postcards. Visit the gift shop
before entering the main museum, and have the kids pick 3-5 postcards of pieces
they like the look of (they’re usually quite cheap). Then, have the kids hold
the postcards and hunt out the pieces themselves. Want to add some extra
incentive? While in the gift shop, have the kids pick out their “prize” (within
whatever price limit you decide on), on the promise that you’ll return to buy
it afterwards if they complete their treasure hunt.
Hint: this works best in
smaller museums – hunting the entirety of the Louvre or British Museum for one
piece (unless it’s the Mona Lisa or the Rosetta Stone), is probably a bit too
challenging, and puts your kids at risk of getting bored before they find their
3. The Imitation Game:
kids to recreate as many paintings, sculptures or artefacts as they can, using
nothing but their own bodies. They’ll have fun picking pieces to imitate,
contorting themselves and being silly, and if you photograph it all, you’ll end
up with some great shots for the album. What’s not to love? You might have to
get a bit creative as to how to turn it into a competition, but perhaps you
could have another family member judge who “wins” for each piece the kids
choose to imitate.
Hint: To make it even more fun, join in! As we said before, kids remember silly things, so seeing you – their all-knowing, sensible parents turn yourselves into Michelangelo sculptures and Egyptian mummies will most likely stick in their minds forever. Embarrassed? Good! That just makes it all the more memorable.
Need some extra help?
You can do all
of this and more all by yourselves, in any museum. The kids will benefit from
soaking up all that lovely museum-juice, and may even learn a thing or two.
visiting Paris or London with kids and would like a bit of extra help, THATMuse
is ready to turn your miserable museum meltdown into a memorable day out.
Our hunts have
been tried, tested and triumphed over by hundreds of kids. Some of those kids
are now adults, and we’d be willing to bet they still remember their dads
posing on all fours like a dog to win bonus points, or rushing against the
clock with mom past magnificent Roman sculptures to try and rack up just a few
The best part? It’s
never been easier to book a Treasure Hunt with THATMuse! You can now book your Louvre
Treasure Hunt with “friendly competition” directly online, by using our
automated booking service. Ready to pit family against another like-minded group?