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450 BC: Wanting in Delicacy

Athlete with head of Lucius Verus [detail] (c. 460-450 BC); Braccio Nuovo, Vatican. (source) This portrait-statue, described in the Vatican Catalogue as heroic, is (though larger than life) perhaps as completely the opposite as one can conceive. It may be … 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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312 BC: A Musicians’ Strike in Ancient Rome

It is…a mistaken idea to suppose that strikes are modern inventions. They are indeed of ancient origin. Livy speaks of an or­ganized strike in the year 312 b.c., the description of which, although sufficiently humorous to make a background to … Continue reading

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1st Century AD: You Aren’t Even Sure What This Is at First

Statue of a Young Satyr Wearing a Theater Mask of Silenos. Roman, about 1st century A.D. Restorations by Alessandro Algardi, 1628. (source) Silenos (or Silenus) was, in Greek mythology, the tutor and companion of Dionysus, the god of wine and … Continue reading

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