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Reclining and Dining (and Drinking) in Ancient Greece

Getty Villa docent Don Petersen reclines on his left side, elbow raised on a stack of pillows, with his right knee bent. He holds a skyphos, a common stemless drinking cup.

Elite Greeks and Romans reclined to dine, and ordinary people copied them when they could. Although the practice seems strange to us, it must have been both comfortable and convenient, since reclining during meals spread throughout the Mediterranean and survived… More»

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      Today is the Feast Day of St. Gabriel, aka the Archangel that brought Mary the news of her pregnancy.

      He’s also the patron saint of messengers and communications workers. 

      The Annunciation, about 1240, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      The Annunciation, about 1660-1665, Godfried Schalcken. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      Bust of an Angel, 1609, Hendrick Goltzius. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      The Annunciation, about 1025 - 1050, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/29/14

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