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Death, Burials, & Funerary Vases: The Ancient Greek Way

Do you know how the Ancient Greeks dealt with death? Start by looking back to the Geometric period where there’s Hades’ Underworld, elaborate burial rituals, and detailed ancient Greek funerary vases like the terracotta krater! 

Hermaphrodite: Boundless Beauty

Two forms becoming one is Hermaphrodite. With roots in ancient Greek mythology, the tale of Hermaphrodite relates to modern discussions of gender identity and, through sculptural depictions, this figure becomes a beautiful ambiguity everyone can experience.   

Perseus with the Head of Medusa: A Triumphant Statue

What’s not interesting about a statue depicting a Greek hero triumphantly holding the severed head of a creature that turns people into stone statues!? (My how the tables have turned….)    Antonio Canova had the right idea when he did exactly that! Let’s look… Read More

When Love Conquers War: Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars has a lot to tell us about love, marriage, and classical works (there’s even some humor)! What’s not to love!?

Corona Borealis Constellation

Written in the Stars: Titian’s Tale of Bacchus and Ariadne

What do you know of Bacchus and Ariadne’s love-struck tale? Lucky for us, Titian, an Italian artist, sets (or paints) the scene!

The Sophilos Dinos and Percy Jackson: Prophecies, Weddings, and a Crazy Cast of Characters!

The Sophilos Dinos and Percy Jackson: Prophecies, Weddings, and a Crazy Cast of Characters!

Ancient Greek Technology: Seven Surprising Ancient Inventions

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… Read More

Life for Women in Ancient Greece

What do you think of when you picture life in Ancient Greece? Philosophy? Wine? Drinking parties? The Olympic Games? Well, you’re not wrong. These were all important parts of life for the people of Ancient Greece. But there’s… Read More

Four Ancient Board Games You Can Make and Play at Home

Getting bored at home? If you’re anything like us, you’ll be missing visiting museums, and learning about history. So why not use some of the extra time on your hands to make (and play!) one of these ancient… Read More

Nike of Samothrace, statue at the Louvre

Introducing Nike: Greek Goddess of Victory

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),… Read More

Statue of the head of Medusa, Louvre museum

The Real Percy Jackson: The Story of Perseus and Medusa

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… Read More

Half-Human Monsters: Centaurs in Greek Mythology

Anyone who has studied Greek mythology will have come face-to-face with the centaurs at some point. If you’ve never heard of these half-human, half-horse creatures of Ancient Greek mythology, or would like to know more about them, read… Read More