Ancient World

The world of ancient Greece and Rome, with the occasional field trip to lands beyond

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Athens through a Panoramic Lens

The Philopappos Monument and the Acropolis from Mouseion Hill, 2015
The Philopappos Monument and the Acropolis from Mouseion Hill, 2015

Dramatic panoramas of Athens evoke the past in the present. More»

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What Does the Acropolis Mean? A Conversation with Thomas Gallant

The Parthenon / Edward Dodwell
The Packard Humanities Institute

The Athenian monument as structure and symbol. More»

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Potions and Poisons: Classical Ancestors of the Wicked Witch, Part 2

Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea, detail of illuminated manuscript, ca 1415. J. Paul Getty Museum
Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea, detail of illuminated manuscript, ca 1415. J. Paul Getty Museum

Meet the formidable proto-witch, Medea. More»

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“A Great Passion for Old Stones and Walls”

erechtheion

Snapshots of Greece’s ancient monuments from an era before photography. More»

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Potions and Poisons: Classical Ancestors of the Wicked Witch

Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680
Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680

The curious evolution of the witch in ancient literature. More»

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A Guide to Euripides’ Medea

Mixing Vessel with Medea Departing in a Chariot
Mixing Vessel with Medea Departing in a Chariot (detail), about 400 B.C., attributed to the Policoro Painter. Terracotta, 19 7/8 x 19 5/8 in. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, 1991.1. Photo: Tim Evanson on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Unpacking the ancient, bloody myth of Medea. More»

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Bronze Patinas, Noble and Vile

Detail of patina on a Roman bronze statue of Cupid
Statue of the Infant Cupid (detail), Roman, A.D. 1–50, Roman. Bronze with silver and copper, 25 3/16 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AB.53

They’re all made from the same stuff, so why do bronze statues come in so many different colors? More»

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No Pain, No Rogaine: Hair Loss and Hairstyle in Ancient Rome

Bust of a Flavian Woman / Roman
Bust of a Flavian Woman, Roman, late 1st century. Marble, 26 ¾ in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 73.AA.13

Hairy adventures of the ancient Romans. More»

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Scent, Spice, Salve at the Getty Villa

Artist Becca Lofchie
Artist Becca Lofchie in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle

Ancient herbs in 21st-century life. More»

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A Brief Introduction to Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Portrait of a Man / Greek
Copyright © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Receipts Fund

A guide to these rare and highly expressive artworks. More»

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