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Classical reception (Q810): The study of the impact of Greek and Roman literary and visual culture on subsequent cultures.

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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.

Tyrannicides, Harmodios, Aristogeiton, Plunder, Pillage, Xerxes view
Image collection Sir William Hamilton in the guise of a Roman. Jasperware with is gilt wood frame. Wedgwood & Bentley (impressed mark), 1779.

The partnership of Josiah Wedgwood I (1730-95) and Thomas Bentley (1730-80) was heavily influenced by Hamilton's collections of vases, and they...

Sir William Hamilton, Wedgwood, Bentley, Jasperware, Portraiture view
Image collection Bronze sphinx

An archaic Greek sphinx. Roman collectors loved sphinxes.

sphinx, Verres, Cicero, hortensius, Collectors view
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.

Delphi, Herakles, Apollo, Greek art, myth, paestum view
Image collection The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is depicted on its lid. The main scene was designed by J. Flaxman junior, and shows the 'Apotheosis of Homer', copied from a Greek vase bought by the British Museum in 1763 from the Hamilton collection (GR 1772.3-20.26 (Vase E 460))., The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is depicted on its lid. The main scene was designed by J. Flaxman junior, and shows the 'Apotheosis of Homer', copied from a Greek vase bought by the British Museum in 1763 from the Hamilton collection (GR 1772.3-20.26 (Vase E 460))., The Apotheosis of Homer scene, as depicted on a jasperware plaque (1786) in the British Museum. Marks: WEDGWOOD impressed twice.

The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is...

Apotheosis of Homer, Pegasus, vases, Sir William Hamilton, Wedgwood, Collectors, Jasperware, Attic Red Figure, 18th century, Enlightenment view
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...

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

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
Image collection Wedgwood and his Greek influences, AEGR's dedication plate

Baron d'Hancarville's AEGR, published between 1767 and 1776, is rightly acclaimed for containing some of the most beautifil ilustrations...

Sir William Hamilton, Wedgwood, vases, Collectors, 18th century, Enlightenment, George III, Baron d'Hancarville view
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