Ancient Roman Still Life Painting

Still Life with Peaches and Water Jar (left), Still Life with a Silver Tray with Prunes, Dried figs, Dates and Glass of Wine (center), and Still Life with Branch of Peaches, Fourth Style wall painting from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 62-69 C.E., fresco, 14 x 13 1/2 inches (Archaeological Museum, Naples) By Dr. Lea K. Cline / 04.22.2017 Assistant Professor of Art[…]

Roman Wall Painting Styles

Example of a Fourth Style painting, before 79 C.E., fresco, Pompeii By Dr. Jessica Leay Ambler / 08.08.2015 Professor of Humanities Southern New Hampshire University Why Pompeii? View of Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii 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[…]

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Portraits

Mummy portrait of bearded man, encaustic on wood / Royal Museum of Scotland By the British Museum / 03.01.2017 A portrait shows what an individual would have looked like. Ancient Egyptians did not make much use of portraits; inscriptions containing the name and titles of an individual were used for identification purposes instead. Portraits were, however, important[…]

The Hero as Savior in Classical Literature and Mythology

Triumphant Achilles dragging Hector’s lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy. (From a panoramic fresco on the upper level of the main hall of the Achilleion) / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of sōzein and sōtēr The key word here is the[…]

Socrates in Plato’s ‘Apology of Socrates’ and ‘Phaedo’

The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David (1787) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University Socrates in Plato’s ‘Apology of Socrates’ [[“It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor[…]