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5th Century BC: Zeus Ammon

After the Greeks colonized Cyrenaica—now part of Lybia—and established settlements in the lower Nile Delta, they came to associate Zeus with the Egyptian supreme god Amun-Ra, who was often depicted with the head of a ram. The features of both … Continue reading

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2015: Under Construction

Anna Pantelia: from the series Recycle (2015) (source)

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5th Century BC: Rhyton

Brygos: Rhyton [drinking vessel] in the shape of a dog’s head (early 5th century BC) (source)

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1922: Hercules

John Singer Sargent: Hercules and the Hydra (1922-1925) (source) After the goddess Hera makes Hercules lose his mind and murder his own wife and children, he prays to Apollo for guidance and it told by the god’s oracle to atone … Continue reading

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8th Century BC: His Heart was Filled with Fury and He Showed Forth All his Strength

You’ll remember from your Greek mythology that the Titans were the sons and daughters of the primordial gods Gaia and Uranus. They were thus gods themselves, ruling (after one of them, Kronos, overthrew Uranus with Gaia’s help) during the peaceful … Continue reading

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1874: Night Rushed Down from Heaven

Henry Moore: Rough Weather in the Mediterranean (1874) ὣς εἰπὼν σύναγεν νεφέλας, ἐτάραξε δὲ πόντον χερσὶ τρίαιναν ἑλών: πάσας δ᾽ ὀρόθυνεν ἀέλλας παντοίων ἀνέμων, σὺν δὲ νεφέεσσι κάλυψε γαῖαν ὁμοῦ καὶ πόντον: ὀρώρει δ᾽ οὐρανόθεν νύξ. —Odyssey V, 291-294 So … Continue reading

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3rd Century AD: A Slave Rebellion on Chios

Athenaeus of Naucratis relates the story of a slave revolt in an early 3rd-century Greek work called the Deipnosophistae. It takes place on the Greek island of Chios, close to what is now Turkey. Athenaeus first explains that, unlike other … Continue reading

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