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Gold filigree diadem, Greek/Hellenistic, circa 300
from Leclere Auctions
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mikeybooch · 2 days
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Aphrodite & Adonis 
This illustration was inspired by a mirror at the MFA in Boston depicting Aphrodite shielding Adonis with her veil. The scene in the mirror has more urgency to it, but I wanted to convey something a little more playful and romantic. 
There are many versions of this myth, particularly in the manner in which Adonis is killed. He is usually killed by a boar during a hunt, but who sends the boar and (in some cases) who that boar is, is up for debate. In some versions, it is Artemis sending a boar to take revenge on Aphrodite for killing one of her favorite mortals Hippolytus. Sometimes, Artemis tells Ares of Aphrodite’s affair and he turns into a boar and kills Adonis himself. Sometimes the messenger is Persephone, jealous that Adonis is spending his time with Aphrodite. After his death, Aphrodite created the anemone in his memory. In Ancient Greece, women would celebrate the Adonia in honor of his death. They would create small gardens which they would place on the roofs of their houses where the gardens would soon wither and die. Women would then publicly engage in ritual lamentation at the passing of Adonis on behalf of Aphrodite. 
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illustratus · 2 days
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The Fall of Icarus by Jacob Peter Gowy
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hawkofkrypton · 2 days
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Me when Norse Era!Kratos says “In my homeland…” and get tidbits about his Greek heritage, from playing the lyre to reading poems and loving olives:
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blueiskewl · 2 days
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An Attic Black-figured Siana Cup Attributed to the Taras Painter, the tondo perhaps by the Malibu painter, circa 560-550 B.C.
Each sided painted with two striding panthers alternating with two grazing deer, a vine of ivy leaves encircling the rim, the tondo decorated with a warrior running vigorously to right, wearing a Phrygian helmet, and holding a sword and shield, a scabbard at his side and baldric across his chest, the details in added red, a black-painted prong and encircling band underneath the foot. Diameter 25.1 cm.
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kleioscanvas · 2 days
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Cybele, the Mountain Mother, the great Anatolian Mother Goddess. We know her cult was likely pretty awesome as it was often characterized as barbaric, effeminate and prone to excess by the Greeks and Romans (which didn't stop it from becoming relatively popular in Greece and Rome)
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benvoolioo · 2 months
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i would die for owl skyphoi 
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deirdresart · 2 months
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Penelope 🏹🏺🧵
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pigeon-princess · 1 year
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“No one can weave as well as I—not even the Goddess Athena!” Arachne boasted, unaware of who else might be listening in. 
Revisiting one of the most memorable greek myths from my childhood, the weaving contest of Arachne and Athena. 
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peristasis · 6 months
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found this cute little guy in a small collection in a not so sufficiently organized museum and it is technically so badly done that it is yet again absolutly amazing and I just have to share it:
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Apulian red-figure pottery ca. second half of the 5th century BCE, Museum August Kestner, Hannover, Germany
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callisteios · 3 months
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oh hello! i made a little uquiz assigning you a historical period (and maybe i call you gay)
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Do you ever think about how many of the items now considered priceless artifacts were once commonplace items? The coins we now marvel at from behind the glass at a museum were once tossed around, stepped on, and traded around. The pottery painstakingly pieced back together was somebody’s favorite wine jug. The decorative pin now rusted and bent once held together the shoulder of someone’s chiton. History is simply a trail of ordinary people going about their day, and I think there’s an odd sort of beauty in that.
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If I may once again dip my toe into the discourse surrounding Greek Mythology, a lot of people like to rewrite or reframe the story of Medusa, and that’s great! Highly encourage it. But, DON’T YOU DARE GO AND DEMONIZE MY BOY PERSEUS!
Perseus isn’t some vile misogynist who hunts down and murders Medusa for the hell of it. He’s a scared kid who’s trying to save his mom from a forced marriage (whom herself has been a victim of terrible abuse from her father) to a creepy evil king and gets duped by the Gods into cleaning up their mess for them. He’s not the villain, he’s just another pawn. So if I see one more motherfucker trying to make him out to be the “real monster” I will throw hands.
You know what would be way more interesting?! Medusa sees Perseus rolling up to her crib and freaks out cause ‘holy shit this is a fucking kid. a fucking toddler with a sword and shield.’ and they hash it out and then TEAM UP to kill the evil kind trying to force marry Perseus’ mother! Think of the dynamics that you could write! The interactions that could occur. I mean, one of ‘em is gonna have to wear a blindfold but hey, minor problems.
What I’m saying is, gimme a buddy cop movie where Perseus and Medusa team up to fight evil in Ancient Greece.
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illustratus · 4 months
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Head of Dionysus, the god of wine, uncovered in an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Aizanoi, Turkey
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platosfire · 21 days
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from the museum to your wardrobe
hello!
i’m natasha and i design and make jewellery inspired by the ancient mediterranean world at plato’s fire. i studied classics at the university of st andrews and have been making jewellery since 2016!
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my aim is to combine ancient aesthetics with modern materials. my first collections have been inspired by greek vases, mediterranean goldsmiths, and minoan frescoes. each piece is cut out using laser-cutting technology, then painstakingly glued, assembled, and polished by me in my home studio in scotland!
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please feel free to send me asks about my work, about the ancient mediterranean, or just scream at me in my inbox about your favourite ancient greek! ✨💛
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the-evil-clergyman · 6 months
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L’Oracle de Delphes by John William Godward (1899)
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