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Classical art & archaeology

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Classical art & archaeology (V470): The study of the material culture of classical civilisations.

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Document ‘Worthy of Eve before the Fall’: Representations of Palmyra in Eighteenth Century Britain, Elisabeth Grass

‘The Ruins of Palmyra’ (1753) was the first of a new genre of architectural publication which appeared in the mid-eighteenth century, applying...

Architecture, Neoclassical, 17th century, Fine arts view

In the Timaeus 22a-b, Plato's Critias tells us that, 'on one occasion, when [Solon] wanted to lead [the Egyptian priests at Sais...

Atlantis, Plato, Flood myths, Noah, Deucalion, Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, Pseudoarchaeology, Pseudoscience, Bible study aids, Biblical archaeology view
Image collection Poppaea Sabina, Poppaea Sabina

Many statues were housed in the Temple of Hera at Olympia. This one of (probably) Poppaea Sabina as a priestess is of very high quality.


Poppaea Sabina, Ancient history, Classics, Nero, Roman, Roman art, Olympia view
Image collection

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

Palladion, Pillage, Plunder, Troy, Odysseus, Diomedes, Sperlonga view
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.

Acropolis, Xerxes, Pillage, Plunder, Persian Wars view

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...

Meidias, Attic Red Figure, vases, Sir William Hamilton, Wedgwood, Collectors, Leukippidai, Kastor and Polydeukes, 18th century, Greek art view
Image collection The Portland Vase, The Portland Vase, The Portland Vase, Blue jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Wedgwood c. 1791., Black jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1790., Black jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1790.

The Portland Vase is a cameo glass vessel which was probably made in Rome circa 15 BCE - 25 CE. It is unquestionably one of the finest surviving...

Portland Vase, Cameo, Roman art, Octavian, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Theseus, Sir William Hamilton, Wedgwood, 18th century, Collectors, vases, Ancient rome, Roman empire, Jasperware view
Image collection Saite official, c. 570-526 BCE, Saite official, c. 570-526 BCE

[Plato, Timaeus 21e] Critias replied, ‘In Egypt, at the apex of the Delta, where the stream of the River Nile divides, there is an...

Atlantis, Plato, Sais, Egypt, Solon, Herodotus, Critias, Timaeus, Archaeology, Pseudoarchaeology, Pseudoscience view
Image collection 3rd century CE mosaic pavement showing the four factions (Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites). Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome., 3rd century CE mosaic pavement. Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

This 3rd century CE mosaic pavement shows the four factions (Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites). Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme,...

Ancient history, Classics, Emperors, Nero, Roman art, Mosaics, Chariot racing view
Image collection Babylon city map, George Smith, Ashurbanipal's Flood Tablet

Having left Egypt, assuming he really went there, Herodotus probably travelled via Tyre to the River Euphrates and down to Babylon, from where he...

Plato, Atlantis, Babylon, Flood myths, Ashurbanipal view
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