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British Collectors of Classical Antiquities

This course is an exploration of British collectors of classical antiquities, their activities and attitudes, and the wider influence of this process up till the present day.

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Image collection The Arch of Titus at Rome, The Arch of Titus at Rome

A classic example of Roman plunder.

The siege of Jerusalem began in the spring of 70 and took 140 days. With two pro-Roman Jews, Vespasian’...

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One of the most important stolen statues in western literature is the Palladion. This ancient wooden image of Athena guaranteed the safety of Troy...

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Link VICTORY STELE OF NARAM-SIN

This link takes you to more information about the victory stele of the Akkadian ruler Naram-Sin, now in the Louvre. It is one of the oldest known...

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Link VICTORY STELE OF NARAM-SIN

This link gives you more information about the victiory stele of Naram-Sin, now in the Louvre.

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Link EXEKIAS AND DIONYSOS

This link takes you to an image of the Attic Black Figure kylix by Exekias depicting the dire consequences of piracy.

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Image collection Apollo and Herakles fight over the Delphic Tripod, Apollo and Herakles fight over the Delphic Tripod. Mid-sixth century BCE Metope from the Heraion at Foce del Sele

These photographs show the tussle between Apollo and Herakles for the Delphic Tripod.

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Image collection Acropolis on the eve of Xerxes’ invasion

This model shows the Athenian Acropolis as it might have looked on the eve of Xerxes’ invasion - 480 BCE.

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Image collection The Tyrannicides, The Tyrannicides, The Tyrannicides

The "Tyrannicides" - statues of Harmodios and Aristogeiton. Xerxes took them from Athens to his capital at Susa.

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Link CICERO: 1st ORATION AGAINST VERRES

This link takes you to an English translation of Cicero's 1st Oration Against Verres.

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Link CICERO: IN VERREM 2.4

This link takes you to an English translation of Cicero's speech In Verrem 2.4.

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Link CICERO v VERRES

This link gives you more information about Cicero's prosecution of Verres.

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Link IMAGES OF THE VERRES TRIAL

This link takes you to some images related to Cicero's prosecution of Verres.

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Image collection Bronze sphinx

An archaic Greek sphinx. Roman collectors loved sphinxes.

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Link DESTRUCTION ON THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS

This link takes you to an interesting article entitled 'Destruction and Memory on the Athenian Acropolis' by Rachel Kousser (Art Bull 91...

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Link THE LAUSOS COLLECTION

This link gives you some useful information about Lausos and his collection.

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Link THE LAUSOS COLLECTION

This link takes you to an interesting article entitled "Excellent Offerings": The Lausos Collection in Constantinople by Sarah Bassett in The...

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Link THE PALACE OF LAUSUS AT CONSTANTINOPLE AND ITS COLLECTION OF ANCIENT STATUES
This link takes to a good article entitled The Palace of Lausus at Constantinople and its Collection of...
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Link THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD

This link takes you to a brief history of the Ashmolean Museum and its collections

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Link TRADESCANT COLLECTION

This link takes you to a web site is intended to highlight a number of the objects surviving from the Tradescant collection and to place them in...

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Link THOMAS, EARL OF ARUNDEL - THE ARUNDELIAN MARBLES

This link takes you to an entry about the Arundel Marbles in Chambers' Book of Days.

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Link THE ARUNDEL AND POMFRET MARBLES

This link takes youto an article entitled The Arundel and Pomfret Marbles in Oxford by Michael Vickers, in Minerva, Nov/Dec 2007.

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Link GREEK VASE SHAPES

This link takes you to some illustrations of the most basic Greek vase shapes

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Link GREEK VASE SHAPES

This link gives you access to a site where you can explore the shapes and functions of Greek vases.

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Link MAKING GREEK VASES

This link takes you to some basic information about making Greek vases.

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Link GREEK VASES - THE BEAZLEY ARCHIVE

The Classical Art Research Centre leads and supports research on ancient art. At its heart is the Beazley Archive, which includes the...

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Link 18th CENTURY LONDON - MAP

This link takes you to an intuitive GIS interface enabling researchers to map and visualize textual and artefactual data relating to seventeenth...

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Link HOW TO MAKE A GREEK VASE

This link takes you to a brief video from the J. Paul Getty  Museum about how Greek vases were made.

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Link REPATRIATION OF ANTIQUITIES

This link takes you to an article in the New York Times about the repatriation of antiquities.

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Link REPATRIATING THE EUPHRONIOS KRATER

This link takes you to an article about the repatriation of the Euphronios Krater.

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON - BIOGRAPHY

THis link takes you to a concise biography of the collector Sir William Hamilton

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON - PORTRAITS IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY

This link takes you to a selection of images of Sir William Hamilton in the National Gallery, London

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON & JOSIAH WEDGWOOD

This link takes to some good information and further links on the website of the Wedgwood Museum. Here you can explore the relationship between...

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON - MEDALLION IN THE V&A

This link takes you to an image of a portrait medallion of Sir William Hamilton made by JOsiah WEdgwood and Sons, now in the V&A, London.

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Link FROM SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON'S COLLECTION

This link takes you to an image of Gillray's caricature 'From Sir William Hamilton's Collection', along with links to other Hamilton-related...

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON'S NEAPOLITAN HOUSES

This link takes you to an article entitled 'Sir William Hamilton’s Neapolitan houses' by Carlo Knight.

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Link THE 'HAMILTON VASE'

This link takes you to an image and further information about the 4th century BCE Red-figured wine bowl (volute-krater), attributed to...

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Link THE MEIDIAS HYDRIA

This link takes you to an image and more information about the late-5th century BCE red-figured water jar (hydria), signed by Meidias as...

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Image collection MEIDIAS HYDRIA, MEIDIAS HYDRIA DETAIL, THE MEIDIAS HYDRIA, WEDGWOOD APHRODITE

These images are of the upper zone of the Meidias vase in the British Museum. The mythical event illustrated is the abduction of the daughters of...

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Link THE CULTURAL BIOGRAPHY OF SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON'S VASES

This link takes you to an abstract of a doctoral thesis on 'The Cultural Biography of Sir William Hamilton’s Vases'. It will be available after...

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Link EMMA LADY HAMILTON - BIOGRAPHY

This link takes you to a short biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton 1765 - 1815.

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