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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Archaeological Museum of Arta:

Grave offering from the burial of a child. (5th century B.C)

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Paintings from antiquity rarely survive—paint, after all, is a much less durable medium than stone or bronze sculpture. But it is thanks to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii that we can trace the history of Roman wall painting. The entire city was buried in volcanic ash in 79 C.E. when the volcano at Mount Vesuvius erupted, thus preserving the rich colors in the paintings in the houses and monuments there for thousands of years until their rediscovery. These paintings represent an uninterrupted sequence of two centuries of evidence. And it is thanks to August Mau, a nineteenth-century German scholar, that we have a classification of four styles of Pompeian wall painting.

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doll61lalulutresRichly-detailed fresco on an arched ceiling, Pompeii, 79 AD Bliss ~doll61

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Archaeologists working in the Amphipolis tomb in northern Greece have uncovered a new section of the stunning mosaic uncovered last week.. They have now exposed a third character in the mosaic composition, which confirms that the scene depicts the Abduction of Persephone. The Greek Ministry…

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Archaeological Museum of Ancient Sicyon:

Marble statuette of a pony with archaising features. Found in the Roman Baths.

(I have also posted another view of it here)

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How prevalent was Christianity in Roman Britain in the late Roman Empire? This article tries to answer that question… ~S

The Prevalence of Christianity in Roman Britain to AD 410

Jack Dowding

Hirundo: the McGill Journal of Classical Studies, Vol.3 (2004)


Britain in AD 63 when he brought the Holy Grail to Glastonbury after Christ’s crucifixion. As this story demonstrates, a befuddling mix of myth, tradition and fact dominates the period preceding the Roman withdrawal. The literary evidence comes primarily from later sources like Bede and Gildas, who depend on older sources that have since been lost. In these texts it is often difficult to differentiate fact from fiction, as well as to establish with any certainty the depth to which Christianity had infiltrated the island. When the Romans withdrew from Britain in the early fifth century, they not only left behind a vast Roman culture, but also a religion, Christianity, which was inherently Roman…


Ἑβδόμη Μεσοῦντος/ Ἑβδóμη ἐπὶ δέκα / Ἑπτακαιδεκάτη, XVII day
From today’s sunset: seventeenth day of Pyanepsion.

“Throw out Demeter’s holy grain upon the well-rolled threshing floor on the seventh of the mid-month. Let the woodman cut beams for house building and plenty of ships’ timbers, such as are suitable for ships.”
The scholia add: “If, as Orpheus says, the seventeenth day is dedicated to Ate, and therefore it is suitable for cutting the wood and for stripping the fruit from its coverings, also Hesiod, not without love for Muses, consecrated the day to these works.”
Erga, 805-808

(Detail of Triptolemos; from Attica, 500BC-480BC (circa) now in the British Museum…)


Archaeological Museum of Ancient Messene:

Herm with head of Heracles. Dedicated by Philiades, son of Neon. It was found at the Gymnasium of Messene. (3rd century B.C)

penteskoupia 6-7th century, corinthian pinax, votive

Burning Ceramics, Corinthian plaque, 575–550 BC. From Penteskouphia, now Antikensammlung Berlin/Altes Museum

By Photographer: Marcus Cyron (photos taken by Uploader) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons