Roman and Greek Art

BLOG THEME: Pics of sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, and other works of art from the ancient Rome and Greece. Also occasional artworks from other cultures if I find them interesting. There will also be links to ancient books/texts, databases and news relating to ancient Rome/Greece. Some of the pics are taken by me but there will be also a lots of reblogging.

20/03/13 - A tag page added
20/03/13 - Heiden National Museum of Antquities added into links page. A magnificent site.
03/04/13 - A new page "translated e-books" created
17/05/13 - Online database of Ancient Art added into Ancient World Resources page
17/06/14 - Online catalogue of Archaeological Museum of Delphi added to "Ancient World Resources Page"
28/06/14- Strabo´s book Geography added to e-books subpage

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Greek terracotta figurines of the Tanagra type (named for their first find-spot), some with polychromy remaining (see labels). In the Greek galleries of the British Museum, London.

Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

A Roman tombstone, Capitoline museum 

I Don’t have the faintest idea what the inscription says. Well I guess he was Gaius Petronius of Ligurian descent…

Rome, July 2007


Statuette of Venus

Unknown sculptor; after Doidalsas of Bithynia, sculptor 

Roman, 100 - 1 B.C. 

Rock crystal 

3 3/8 in. 

With its depiction of Venus, the goddess of love, crouching in her bath, this damaged statuette is a copy of an original large-scale sculpture dating to the 100s B.C., probably by Doidalsas of Bithynia. The goddess crouches low in order to allow an attendant, who is not depicted, to pour water over her. The original statue showed the interest of Hellenistic sculptors in rendering the nude female form. 

While the earlier statue does not survive, later copies such as this piece preserve its general appearance. These copies were especially popular in the Roman period, with artists reproducing the original in large numbers in a variety of media and sizes and with slight variations of pose. Roman patrons often commissioned miniature copies of large-scale Greek public art for their private use, decorating their homes with the statuettes. The use of the valuable medium of rock crystal marks this piece as a prestigious luxury item for a rich patron. 

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Aphrodite riding a goose (detail) white ground bowl

circa 480 BC, found in Kameiros (Rhodes)

Pistoxenos painter

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"Doves watering" - mosaic from the House of the Doves at Pompeii

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Calzadas romanas en Hispania

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Golden amphora, 4th century BCE. Part of the Panagyurishte Treasure, this extraordinary Thracian artefact was uncovered accidentally in 1949 by three brothers who were digging for clay to make bricks. Note the centaur-shaped handles.

Courtesy of & currently located at the National Historical Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo taken by vintagedept.


The healing hand: the role of women in Graeco-Roman medicine

FP Retief and L Cilliers

Acta Theologica: Supplementum 7 (2005)


In contrast with the struggle of 19th and 20th century women all over the world to be admitted to medical schools, women in ancient Greece and Rome were apparently increasingly at liberty to practise medicine from the 4th century BC onwards. The available evidence offers conclusive proof of this more tolerant attitude. The sources are few in number, but fragmentary information can be gleaned from medical writers, passing remarks in Greek and Latin authors, and funerary inscriptions. These sources emphasise the professions of midwife and female doctor. Although there is some overlap between their duties, we find that in Greece a distinction was drawn between maia and iatrikê as early as the 4th century BC, while in Rome the two professions of obstetrix and medica or iatrina were well established by the 1st century BC…


For all you military fans…a little bit about the Roman legions…

Ethnic recruitment and military mobility

Carol van-Driel Murray

Anejos de Gladius: 13, Vol. 1, (2009)


It is commonly accepted that while ethnic recruitment and the stationing of auxiliary regiments far from their homelands formed part of Roman frontier policy in the 1st century, the more settled conditions of the 2nd century soon led to a situation where soldiers were recruited and stationed locally (Mann, 1983: 66-67; 2003). But is this so? Is the available evidence sufficient for such conclusions to be drawn, or is the reality more complex? Removing troublesome youth from tribal societies has always featured in the strategy of expanding states, and military recruitment is an efficient method of achieving this aim, while being compatible with the warrior ethos inherent in many of the groups involved…


Aphrodite unfastening her sandal

Roman period

Provenance: Syria?


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